10 dead in suspected jailbreak in Philippines
12 August 2016, 14:19
Manila – Ten prisoners in the Philippines were killed when a
suspected jailbreak and attempt to kidnap the warden went wrong in a Manila
suburb, authorities said on Friday.
prisoners, including two Chinese, were meeting with the warden of the Paranaque
City jail in his office when the explosion occurred on Thursday evening,
killing the inmates and wounding the warden, said national jail service spokesperson
Senior Inspector Xavier Solda.
blast comes as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wages a drug war, resulting
in the killing of hundreds of suspected drug dealers and the arrest of
thousands more, packing overcrowded jails.
investigations showed the explosion was caused by a grenade, with a pistol also
recovered from the scene, Solda told reporters.
initial investigation is that it was a possible jailbreak and
hostage-taking," he added.
described the dead men as high profile inmates, adding that eight of them,
including the two Chinese, were linked to illegal drugs while the two others
were jailed for robbery.
the inmates had asked to meet the warden but it was unclear why he did so
without personal guards.
only one who can clear this up is the warden but he is in the hospital and may
need an operation," Solda said.