Abuja, March 31 IANS | 5 months ago

Security operatives in Nigeria foiled a jailbreak by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect at the secret police headquarters, a security official said Sunday.


The jailbreak was attempted early Sunday when the inmates' handlers went to feed them, spokesperson of the Department of State Security (DSS) Marilyn Ogar said in the capital city Abuja, without giving the number of detainees involved in the incident.

It caused sporadic gunshots by security operatives who quickly brought the situation under control.

"The military was quickly called in before they could do any harm and that is responsible for the shootings heard around the headquarters of the Department of State Security (DSS). The military was the one shooting," Ogar said.

Boko Haram, a sect which has launched many deadly attacks since 2009, has proved to be the major security threat in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country.

(Posted on 31-03-2014)