Gunmen Attack Philippine City Jail, 1 Dead


Salon Staff
February 19, 2012 9:36PM (UTC)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine police official says suspected Muslim rebels have attacked a jail in a southern city to free a comrade but were repulsed by authorities.

Police Senior Supt. Chino Mamburam says the gunmen fired two grenades at the Kidapawan city jail and then engaged policemen and guards in a brief firefight late Sunday before withdrawing. At least one civilian was killed in the crossfire.

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Mamburam says guards bolstered security at the jail before the attack after being warned by police, who received intelligence reports that Muslim rebels were planning an assault to rescue a jailed comrade.

Mamburam says policemen are pursuing an unspecified number of attackers, who fled toward a mountainous area.


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