All Boko Haram suspects escaped from Kuje prison, says defence minister

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Bashir Magashi, minister of defence, says 64 Boko Haram suspects in Kuje prison in the federal capital territory (FCT) are missing.

The minister spoke on Wednesday at a media briefing at the facility in Abuja.

Gunmen had attacked the prison with explosives on Tuesday night.

Shuaib Belgore, permanent secretary, ministry of interior, had said the assailants came to the prison “very prepared” with explosives.

A resident had told TheCable that gunshots were heard for over 30 minutes, causing panic among residents.

Magashi said the attackers are Boko Haram insurgents and 64 of its members who were inmates in the facility cannot be found.

“What actually happened, they came in their numbers and released some of the inmates. We are now trying to set the kind of inmates they released,” he said.

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