53 inmates accounted for after jailbreak
06 Jan 2017 - 21:09
Manila: More than 50 of the 158 inmates who escaped in the biggest jailbreak ever in the Philippines have been caught or killed, officials said yesterday, with a manhunt underway for the others.
Of the prisoners who escaped after suspected armed rebels stormed a jail in country's south, 43 have recaptured and eight were killed.
Two others are being treated in hospital for injuries, said Maria Joyce Birrey, the Cotabato provincial police spokeswoman.
As well, a jail guard died in the attack on the jail and a village official who allegedly drew a gun when encountered by police was killed.
The breakout from the jail in Kidapawan took place before dawn Wednesday when more than 100 gunmen attacked the facility. Kidapawan city is about 930 km southeast of the capital, Manila, in a restive region when rebels have been active for generations.
The Acting Provincial Jail Warden Superintedent Peter John Bongngat Jr earlier said that the attackers were thought to have included members of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and guerrillas who broke away from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.