DR Congo prison break, 900 escape

Eleven people have been confirmed dead after a prison attack carried out by militants on a jail in the Democratic Republic Of Congo’s city of Beni and freeing more than 900 inmates.

It is alleged according to reliable sources that the attackers armed with heavy weapons have gone to exchange fire with the prison guards killing eight on spot and a curfew has been decried in the area though the assailants are yet to be identified.

However, it is suspected that self-defense militias, known as Mai-Mai groups are believed to be having a hand in the insurgency and this is the latest in a series of jailbreaks in the western African country.

Last month about 4,000 inmates escaped from a high security prison in the capital Kinshasa following an attack blamed on a separatist sect.