DRC jailbreak attempt, 3 dead

2011-12-11 19:06

Kinshasa - Three prisoners were killed and four were wounded when guards caught them trying to escape through the roof of a military prison in the centre of the Democratic Republic of Congo capital Kinshasa, a security source said on Sunday.

A high-ranking officer in the national police force confirmed the escape attempt. He said he did not know the casualty toll but added: "There were definitely some deaths".

Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorised to talk about the incident.

The military's chief spokesperson did not immediately return phone calls.

The prison, located in the capital city's central Ndolo district, holds police and soldiers convicted of crimes.

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