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Breaking: Gunmen attack security facilities in Imo, free inmates

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Gunmen on Monday morning attacked correctional facility in Owerri, the Imo State capital, and freed detainees.

The Imo State Police Command headquaters and SCID building situated in the state capital were additionally attacked in the early morning strike, which a security source said began around 1 am.

Although the police said “some inmates” were freed, a media report claimed as much as 1, 500 inmates escaped.

“At about 0100hrs of date, armed men suspected to be members of IPOB/ESN criminal gang in their numbers invaded Owerri Prisons mine using dynamites and other heavy explosives, gained entrance and released some inmates in the prison,” a security memo published by PR Nigeria said.

“The hoodlums also attacked the Police State Headquarters Owerri while firing consistently with AK 47 rifles and explosives, released some suspects detained in the SCID cell and put fire on so many vehicles parked at the Headquarter premises including the SCID office building.”

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