Two police killed, 800 escape in DR Congo jailbreak

More than 800 inmates have escaped from a prison in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo DR Congo after gunmen staged a jailbreak in which two policemen were killed, sources said on Wednesday.

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“Armed men attacked Kakwangura Central Prison in the town of Mutembo overnight Tuesday”, Captain Antony Mualushayi, the military spokesperson in Beni region said.

“The initial toll, which is still provisional, is two policemen killed,” he said, adding that an assailant had also died.

A source in the prison service, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that out of the 872 inmates, all but 49 had escaped.

Mualushayi said an “unidentified Mai-Mai group” carried out the attack. The term Mai-Mai refers to an ethnic self-defense organization, which are numerous in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s troubled east.