Monday, February 21, 2011

7 prisoners escape from Zambo jail

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 21, 2011) – Seven prisoners escaped Monday from a jail facility in Pagadian City in the southern Filipino province of Zamboanga del Sur, officials said.

Officials said a jail guard and a prisoner were killed in an ensuing gun battle. Those who escaped were facing murder and other criminal charges, said Army Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, a regional military spokesman.

He said the prisoners grabbed the weapons of jail guards and used them in fighting their way out. "The prisoners escaped with at least two high-powered firearms and have commandeered a vehicle," he said.

No other details were made available by jail officials and the provincial police chief Elmer Escosia ignored phone calls and did not answer text messages from journalists.

The prison is being run by the Zamboanga del Sur provincial government.
(Mindanao Examiner)

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