Basilan jail raided; 31 inmates freed

ISABELA CITY, Basilan, Philippines – Suspected Islamic militants knocked down a concrete wall and raided the Basilan provincial jail early yesterday, freeing 31 detainees in a daring attack that left three people dead and two others wounded.

The heavily armed men cut through padlocks with boltcutters after using a sledgehammer to destroy the wall of the provincial jail to free several detained Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) commanders.

Other inmates also dashed to freedom as a brief gunfight ensued between the raiders and the outnumbered jail guards before dawn.

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