69 Boko Haram, Islamic State in West Africa terrorists among inmates who escaped Nigerian prison: Police

Nearly 70 Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP) terrorists, were among the almost 1,000 inmates who escaped during a terror attack at a major prison in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, a top official said Friday.

Police Affairs Minister Mohammed Dingyadi said the terrorists came in a large number and with "superior weapons" which overwhelmed security late Tuesday at the Kuje Prison, leading to the escape of 879 inmates.

"Nobody anticipated it. I think what helped them was the number of people they came with and the superior weapons they came with," he said.

Authorities released photographs of the 69 terrorists and urged Nigerians to report any if they are spotted.

Nigerians have been expressing concern about the brazen attack, fearing security in the capital may have been compromised.

President Muhammadu Buhari ordered an investigation into the escape, two days after he visited the site.

Source: Anadolu Agency