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More than 150 inmates escape from South Phillipines prison

More than 150 inmates escape from South Phillipines prison

More than 150 inmates have escaped from a south Philippines prison after gunmen launched an attack.

Authorities suspect the gunmen are linked to Islamist separatist groups.

Dozens of armed men stormed the jail and engaged in a shootout with guards, as prisoners fled in the chaos, with one guard killed and an inmate injured.

The Philippines, which is predominantly Catholic, has battled separatists in the south for decades, amid kidnappings, violence and jailbreaks.

The latest prison break took place at the North Cotabato District Jail near Kidapawan city, on the island of Mindanao.

 

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