2 dead, 31 escape in S. Philippine jail break

10:20, December 13, 2009      

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Armed men stormed a provincial jail in southern Philippines early Sunday, freeing 31 inmates and killing one jail guard, and one armed man was also killed, local police said.

Around 30 armed men attacked the Basilan provincial jail in Isabela city at 1:45 a.m. (1745 GMT Saturday), tore down the jail's walls and clashed with guards for at least 10 minutes, a local police report said.

Basilan is a known stronghold of Al Qaeda-linked militant group Abu Sayyaf. But it remains unclear if Abu militants were among those escaped.

Checkpoints were set up in Basilan following the jailbreak.

Source: Xinhua
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