Eleven dead, hundreds escape in Congo jail attack

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Posted: Jun 11, 2017 1:15 PM

KINSHASA (Reuters) - At least 11 people were killed and 930 prisoners escaped on Sunday when unidentified assailants stormed a jail in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeastern town of Beni, the provincial governor said.

North Kivu's governor Julien Paluku said in a statement that the assailants used heavy weapons, killing eight prison guards in Beni, where several militia are known to operate. A curfew is now in place, he added.

(Reporting By Aaron Ross; Writing by Emma Farge; Editing by Greg Mahlich)