Maute group frees more than 100 prisoners from Marawi City Jail


Posted at May 24 2017 07:38 PM | Updated as of May 24 2017 10:02 PM

(UPDATED) Members of the terrorist Maute group barged into the Marawi City jail compound and freed 107 prisoners, the Interior Department said Wednesday.

DILG officer-in-charge Catalino Cuy, in a statement, said around 50 bandits attacked the Marawi City Jail and Malabang District Jail on Tuesday.

Cuy said the bandits disarmed and tied up 12 jail officers, and freed all inmates from their cells.

He said no jail officers were hurt.

"The armed men also carted away assorted issued firearms of the BJMP personnel, two SUVs and two motorcycles, and mobile phones owned by the jail guards on duty," the statement read.
"Two prison vans were also commandeered by the armed men and according to our sources, they were using said vehicles as they moved inside the city," he said.

The bandits also torched the city jail and other buildings in Marawi.

The bandits stole a fire truck from the Marantao Fire Station before the attack on the jail compound took place.
"The armed group used the said fire truck as their getaway vehicle to the national highway going to Iligan City. But when the armed clashes died down later that day, the said fire truck was retrieved by a fire volunteer and a civilian at the New Bridge Pumping, National Highway of Marawi City," Cuy said. --With reports from Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News