Aug 28, 2016, 03.38 PM (IST)
The militants, suspected to be Maute gang operatives, freed eight of their comrades who were recently held for carrying bombs, firearms
Around 50 armed men stormed into a Philippines jail and freed 28 inmates on Saturday, authorities said today.
Eight of the 28 escapees, who were arrested barely a week ago for carrying bombs and pistols in a van, belong to the notorious Maute group.
The rest of the detainees took advantage of the jailbreak to escape jail, provincial police chief senior superintendent Agustine Tello said,
The armed militants, believed to be operatives of the local Maute group, raided the jail in the southern city of Marawi.
Authorities will probe why the guards did not fight the attackers and why security in the prison had not been upgraded after high-risk suspects were brought in.
The Mautes are a notorious group and have carried out several kidnappings and bomb attacks in the Phillippines, including the February attack on an army outpost in the Mindanao town of Butig which displaced thousands of people and injured many during the week-long siege.