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Nigeria - 1,800 inmates escape Nigeria prison after gunmen attack

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Social incident - Public security incident

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Low

Event date (UTC)

2021-04-06 03:59:43

Last update (UTC)

2021-04-06 03:59:43

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5.4921

Longitude

7.03149

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Owerri, Imo State

Authorities in southeastern Nigeria say heavily armed gunmen launched a series of coordinated attacks overnight in Imo state. Authorities said Monday that along with police and military buildings, the gunmen also attacked a prison and that more than 1,800 inmates escaped. Residents say the violence erupted around 2 a.m. in the town of Owerri and lasted for several hours. There was no immediate claim of responsibility though a paramilitary wing of a secessionist movement active in the region has been battling government security forces since December.
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