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Communist rebels storm Philippine jail, freeing seven

Communist rebels storm Philippine jail, freeing seven

Communist rebels disguised as drug enforcement officials infiltrated a prison in the Philippines, overpowered the guards and freed seven of their comrades being held for murder, police said in a statement yesterday.
The New People's Army (NPA) rebels claimed to be handing a prisoner in to the facility in Lucena, south of the capital Manila, provincial police chief Fidel Posadas said.
Once inside the gates however, they overpowered the guards and sprang seven comrades whom they called "political detainees," Posadas told DZBB radio.
The fleeing rebels threw grenades and fired at police, wounding two of them and two other civilians, he said.
He said the jail guards failed to follow proper procedures and allowed the men inside without verifying their identities.
"The guards did not even ask which judge ordered the turnover of prisoners. So the men entered the jail freely," he said.
The provincial warden and 25 other jail guards were not at the facility and apparently were attending a seminar in Manila, Posadas said.
"The governor ordered the provincial warden and the deputy warden relieved while the investigation is ongoing," police chief said.
The New People's Army (NPA) is the armed unit of the Communist Party of the Philippines, which has been waging a Maoist rebellion since 1969 in one of Asia's longest running insurgencies.


Updated : 2021-04-11 05:25 GMT+08:00