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11 killed, 930 prisoners escape in Congo jail attack

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At least 11 people were killed and 930 prisoners escaped today when unidentified assailants stormed a jail in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s northeastern town of Beni.

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.

Located in the north of the troubled North Kivu province, Beni has been the scene of a wave of violence since 2014 that has seen nearly 700 civilians killed, many of them hacked to death.

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