Niger: Boko Haram prisoners tried to escape

Associated Press
Niger troops stand guard outside the central prison at Niamey, Niger, Saturday, June 1, 2013  Unidentified gunmen on Saturday attacked the central prison in Niger's capital, opening fire on the guards and fighting their way inside the campus, according to a state security agent who says he was 40 meters (yards) from the prison when the incident occurred. (AP Photo)

View gallery

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — A Niger official says that members of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram tried to escape from the central prison in Niamey on Saturday afternoon and killed two guards.

Niger prosecutor Ibrahim Waziri said late Saturday night that three prisoners from the radical Islamic group of Nigeria managed to grab a gun and killed two prison guards and injured three others in their attempt to break out of the prison. He said the three prisoners were captured.

The attempted prison break attack came less than a week Niger was rocked by a double suicide bombing by Islamic radicals in the towns fo Agadez and Arlit in which 35 were killed, including the attackers.

View Comments (8)