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Military: Boko Haram raid frees ‘dozens’ of Islamists from Nigeria prison

Insurgents freed members of their militant group in the northeastern city of Maiduguri

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A raid by Boko Haram Islamists on Friday at a military compound in the northeastern city of Maiduguri has freed dozens of insurgents from custody, the military told AFP.

A military source who requested anonymity at the Giwa Barracks, a notorious prison for Islamist fighters, said Boko Haram insurgents “gained access to [the] barracks” and “freed dozens of their members.”

Asked about the report, defence spokesman Chris Olukolade told AFP that “many insurgents are in flight. Whether they were those who staged the attack or those who were held prisoner is not yet known.”