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ISIS-linked extremists stage mass jailbreak in Philippines

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Muslim extremists believed to be linked to Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) have planned and carried out a massive jailbreak in southern Philippines prison. An armed group of 50 raided the jail, freeing 23 detainees, media cited officials as saying.

The escape plan began with two women coming to the prison gate in the city of Marawi on Mindanao Island under the pretense of delivering food for the detainees.

As soon as the gates were opened, 50 armed men stormed the place, overwhelming the guards, AFP quoted provincial jail warden Acmad Tabao as saying.

The hooded men proceeded to free eight of their own members who were imprisoned just a week ago. Amid the chaos, another 15 detainees made their way out of the prison. All of the inmates were jailed for serious offenses, Tabao said. – READ MORE

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