Philippines: escape from a prison on the island of Jolo, three dead

Geronimo Vena
Luglio 19, 2017

Police said the incident occurred at around 1:25 am in Jolo, Sulu.

The chief of police and duty personnel of the station were able to prevent other prisoners from escaping as they pursued the 14 prisoners.

Ibno Moro, who works under Abu Sayyaf leader Radullan Sahiron and one of the 8 most wanted persons in Tawi-Tawi, was killed in a military operation at about 10:30 a.m., the Western Mindanao Command confirmed in a statement.

THREE inmates were killed Sunday and another was wounded after escaping from jail in Jolo, a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf group.

Buyuccan said 10 escapees are still at large and are being subjected to hot pursuit operations.

The victims were taken as they slept on the second floor of the building they were constructing.

The abu Sayyaf is an offshoot extremist insurgency separatist muslim who has done more than 120,000 dead since the 1970's in the south of the archipelago, to the vast majority catholic.

Investigation and hot pursuit is now ongoing.

"The Armed Forces of the Philippines has also extended their resources by using K9 and drone to track the escaped detainees", he added.

The Philippines frequently has mass escapes from prisons which are usually overcrowded, poorly maintained and inadequately guarded.

In May, Islamist militants waving black flags of the Islamic State (ISIS) group went on a rampage in the southern city of Marawi and freed 100 inmates from two jails there. Buyuccan said that the majority of the 32 inmates detained at the facility faced drug charges.

Backed by air strikes, troops are fighting about 60 to 70 remaining militants, who are holding an unspecified number of civilian hostages in four Marawi communities in an offensive that Duterte said last week was winding down.

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