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Niger: Boko Haram prisoners tried to escape

Sunday - 6/2/2013, 7:40am  ET

In this frame made from APTN locals and soldiers crowd around the street after unidentified gunmen attacked the central prison in Niger's capital Niamey, on Saturday June 1 2013, , opening fire on the guards and killing at least two people, according to a government spokesman and a witness who was 200 meters (yards) from the prison when the incident occurred. It was not immediately clear if the assailants had come from inside or outside the jail. Two security guards were killed and a third was gravely wounded, said Niger government spokesman Marou Amadou. (AP Photo / APTN)

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) -- A Niger official says that members of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram tried to escape from the central prison in Niamey on Saturday afternoon and killed two guards.

Niger prosecutor Ibrahim Waziri said late Saturday night that three prisoners from the radical Islamic group of Nigeria managed to grab a gun and killed two prison guards and injured three others in their attempt to break out of the prison. He said the three prisoners were captured.

The attempted prison break attack came less than a week Niger was rocked by a double suicide bombing by Islamic radicals in the towns fo Agadez and Arlit in which 35 were killed, including the attackers.

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