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Armed men burn prison, free inmates in Ndop

Some armed men have burn down the Ndop Prison, in Ngohketunjia Division of the North West Region, freeing several inmates. The…

Some armed men have burn down the Ndop Prison, in Ngohketunjia Division of the North West Region, freeing several inmates.

The armed men suspected to be separatists, are said to have lit a fire amid the use of gun fire. A source close to the regional authorities said“More than 160 prisoners from Ndop prison (North West) fled” after the attack on the penitentiary where they were burnt by an armed group, The Ngoketunjia Divisional head, William Benedict Emvoutu Mbita, said some escapees had voluntarily returned and were due to be transferred to the regional capital, Bamenda.

He stated that the attackers who “fired from everywhere”, were able to “break the gates of the prison” before “setting fire to all the buildings.

Reports say authorities are carrying out hard search operations to find the other escapees. This is the first time since the outbreak of the Anglophone crisis in late 2016 that such a large number of prisoners manage to escape following the attack on a prison.

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