Nigerian prisoners on the run after gun attack

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The Independent Online

Attackers stormed a federal prison in Nigeria with heavy gunfire and explosives, killing one guard and freeing 118 inmates in a new assault demonstrating the continued instability in the country.

The gunmen attacked the prison in Koton-Karifi, just south of the central capital Abuja, on Wednesday night, fighting their way through the prison gates and killing the guard in the process.

Those inside the prison took their opportunity to flee as the battle raged and 118 were still on the run yesterday afternoon.