Militants behind largescale DR Congo jail break – army

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The Congolese army has blamed militant Islamist group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) for a prison break which took place in Butembo in the east of the country on Tuesday.

During the jail break in Kakwangura central prison more than 800 inmates escaped.

About 80 heavily armed militia attacked the prison to free inmates, including 12 ADF women that were in custody, in an operation that lasted for about a quarter of an hour, Captain Anthony Mualushayi said.

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Two policemen guarding the prison were killed and three ADF fighters were captured by civilians and burnt alive, bringing the official death toll of at least five dead.

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