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Prisoner pulls pin, fails to throw grenade

2012-01-01 22:00

Kinshasa - Nine inmates were killed in a botched prison break in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday after one of them pulled the pin on a grenade but didn't throw it, a police official said.

The incident follows a rash of prison violence and escapes in the central African country, including the escape of nearly 1 000 detainees from a high security jail in September.

"The civilian [prisoner] did not know how to use a grenade, he pulled the pin out but didn't throw it," the provincial chief of police, General Gaston Luzembo, told Reuters.

He said 50 people were wounded in the incident in a prison in the eastern city of Bukavu, and that an investigation was looking into how the inmate had got the grenade.

Luzembo added that a jailed ex-colonel appeared to be among the masterminds of the attempted escape.

A Reuters witness said the early morning blast at the jail was followed by gunfire and some inmates who had suffered serious injuries were being treated at a local hospital.

Prisons in the Congo, which the United Nations ranks as one of the least developed countries in the world, are known for overcrowding, tough conditions and shoddy security.

Eastern Congo remains deeply unstable more than eight years after the end of a civil war, with rebels and members of the armed forces both accused of widespread criminality.

Comments
  • mario.dippenaar - 2012-01-01 22:18

    3rd world success. Doesn't own a Xbox, still gets to play Modern Warfare 3. Next time remember to take the perk that allows you to cook grenades.

      Marthinus - 2012-01-01 22:34

      Charles Darwin would be so proud!!!!

      rbczovczov - 2012-01-02 08:00

      The question is; Should we put out manuals and instructions on every little thing for the benefit of retards or should we just let nature take its course?

      Anthony - 2012-01-02 09:02

      well at least he did not throw the pin or did he throw the pin instead...

      Squeegee - 2012-01-02 12:27

      Do they make grenades in Woodwork class?

  • Pawel - 2012-01-01 22:25

    Hahahahha, how to throw a pin 101...

      gbbfg - 2012-01-02 05:58

      Throwing the pin won't change the situation much lol

  • Mike - 2012-01-01 22:26

    hahaha stupid hurts.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-01-01 22:50

    Hilarious

  • Bob - 2012-01-01 23:00

    Oh boy! Gotta love Africa!

  • Johan Grobbelaar - 2012-01-01 23:13

    Hawu! Click, boom! Eish. Lolll. Only in africa baba.

  • Sharon - 2012-01-01 23:42

    He must have been trained by umkhonto we what u call it

  • Sylvia - 2012-01-02 00:34

    Darwin Award for him.

  • May - 2012-01-02 05:51

    The future of Africa!!!! What idiots!!

  • Garth - 2012-01-02 06:07

    So who's the brain surgeon that gave the grenade to a `civilian'? The `ex-colonel master-mind'? minimal-mind, more like it.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-02 07:07

    Both the article and the action of the prisoner sound stupid. The story line is scrapy and hypothetical. It would be more unlikely not to find someone who can operate a hand grenade in a war torn country where AK 47's and grenades are vital weapons. If he wanted to escape why didn't he through it to the wall or gates of the prison instead of breaking/ripping himself. You cannot never what you never attempted, did he attempt to through it?

      Blip - 2012-01-02 07:17

      Huh?

      Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-02 08:07

      Even if he was European, American or Asian, I would still ask the very same questions. He never attempted to throw it away and saying he failed to throw just automatically questions the credibility of the article. You only fail in attempt to do something and if you never tried then you cannot fail.

      Eric Schollar - 2012-01-02 08:45

      Come again?

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-01-02 09:01

      hey bru,,,maybe he threw it against the wall and it bounced back...you might have a point here

  • Silvana - 2012-01-02 07:36

    Pwnd! Or was the grenade tied to his hand?

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-02 07:55

    He never failed to throw it as he never tried to throw it. @ Silvana, that is also my question. Unless there is a foul play in the war lords run prisons.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-02 08:14

    Both the article and the action of the prisoner sound stupid. The story line is scrappy and hypothetical. It would be more unlikely not to find someone who can operate a hand grenade in a war torn country where AK 47's and grenades are vital weapons. If he wanted to escape why didn't he throw it to the wall or gates of the prison instead of breaking/ripping himself. You cannot never fail what you never attempted to do, did he attempt to throw it?

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-01-02 08:20

    sue the bastards who didn't issue the grenade with instructions

  • Johan - 2012-01-02 09:39

    Somebody told him to count to ten before throwing the grenade. Having only 5 fingers on each hand he clamped the grenade between his knees while counting to 10 on his fingers lol

  • JudithNkwe - 2012-01-02 09:55

    Sounds more like a suicide to me.

      Johan - 2012-01-02 09:57

      No all he wanted to do was to be able to sing soprano!

  • steve.havenaar - 2012-01-02 12:29

    Only 2 days into 2012 and we already have a leading contender for this years' Darwin Awards...

  • emile.eley - 2012-01-02 18:01

    And the posthumous Darwin award goes to.............. Super glue and grenades don't mix.

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