Attack on prison in DR Congo leaves two policemen dead and more than 800 escaped prisoners

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Two policemen were killed and more than 800 inmates escaped Tuesday night and early Wednesday during an attack on a prison by militants in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to military sources and experts.

An unidentified self-defense group attacked the Kakwangura central prison in Butembo city and “two guard policemen were killed,” said Captain Antony Mualushayi, an army spokesman in Beni, who said one of the attackers was also killed.

According to a prison source who requested anonymity, of the 872 people held in the prison, only 49 remained.

This “attack caused the death of at least two policemen and the flight of all the detainees,” the Kivu Security Barometer (KST), an organization that has observers in the area, wrote on Twitter, specifying that “the ADF are suspicious.” .

The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), considered the branch of the Islamic State in central Africa, are accused of the death of thousands of civilians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and of committing jihadist attacks in Uganda.

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