LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) – The assailants attacked a prison in north-central Nigeria with explosives and gunfire at midnight, killing two security officers and leaving 240 inmates still missing Monday, authorities said.
Interior Minister Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola said two other security officers remained missing after the violence at the correctional facility in Kogi state. A task force has been set up to recapture the prisoners, he added.
The gunmen destroyed three sides of the prison’s perimeter fence with explosives and then overpowered a team of 35 security officers, authorities said. The prison had 294 inmates, but some did not attempt to escape and others had voluntarily returned on Monday morning.
Sunday’s attack marks the second prison break this year in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation.
However, authorities do not believe the incidents are related, as the April leak was attributed to pro-Biafra secessionists in the southeast. Some 1,844 inmates were released during that violent attack in Imo state.
Two other prison breaks took place in the southwest of the country late last year amid protests across the country against the police.