Up to 146 inmates are believed to be still on the run after more than 100 suspected ISIS militants stormed North Cotabato District Jail, in the southern region of the Philippines.
Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters – a group which has pledged their allegiance to ISIS – are believed to have attacked the prison in a bid to free their imprisoned fighters.
The BIFF members are charged with a series of bombings in the region and are among 1,511 inmates who were held at the prison at the time of the jailbreak.
“It was a planned rescue of certain detainees”
Jail warden Peter Bungat
Jail warden Peter Bungat added: “It was not a jailbreak. It was a planned rescue of certain detainees.”
The jihadi group pledged their allegiance to ISIS in a video on YouTube in 2014.
Abu Misry Mama, a BIFF spokesman, said: “We have an alliance with the Islamic State and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.”
But Mama has denied BIFF was responsible for the attack.
According to officers, six inmates were killed after armed police pursued the escapees and eight others have since been caught.
Philippine National Police spokesperson, Dionardo Carlos, said: “The jail guards were trying to stop the attackers and then our police responded.
“Unfortunately, because of the commotion, some inmates escaped using a wooden ladder that they stuck to the wall at the back portion of the jail.”
Xavier Solda, senior inspector and spokesman for the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology added: “To my knowledge, this is the biggest jailbreak in the history.”
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