Nigeria prison attack leaves 11 dead, 250 inmates escape
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The attack on Sunday in the flashpoint city of Jos was the latest mass prison breakout in Africa's most populous country, where prisons are often overcrowded and guarded by overstretched security forces.
Francis Enobore, a custodial security spokesman, said nine prisoners, one assailant and one guard were killed when gunmen attacked the medium security centre, while 262 inmates managed to flee.
As many as ten prisoners were recaptured soon after the assault.
"One of the gunmen trapped... after invading the facility has been identified as one of those killed in the gun duel," Enobore said.
"Sadly, one of the... armed squad personnel paid the supreme price in the encounter while 9 inmates also lost their lives."
At the time of the attack the centre held 1,060 inmates.
Plateau State police spokesman Ubah Ogaba said nine of the escaped men were rearrested, while another had voluntarily surrendered to police.
More than 800 prisoners escaped from Abolongo prison in southwest Oyo State last month after gunmen used grenades to break into the facility.
More than half were recaptured the next day.