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Published On: Mon, Mar 31st, 2014

Nigeria: Islamic extremists attempt jailbreak, 21 dead

A shootout at Nigeria’s State Security Services headquarters killed at least 21 people Sunday, a government spokeswoman said of what appears to be an attempted jailbreak by Islamic extremists.

Residents described shooting that went on for more than two hours Sunday morning.

One detainee allegedly attempted to disarm a guard by hitting him on the back of his head with his handcuffs, security services spokeswoman Marilyn Ogar said. She added that the shots fired by guards and soldiers were only warnings and attempts to keep a secure perimeter around the compound.

She said two “service personnel” were seriously injured with the 21 reported deaths, but did not specify if the fatalities included security agents and soldiers.

“Whatever this is, it appears more serious than an attempted jailbreak claimed by the SSS,” said a tweet posted by Nasir El-Rufai, a former Cabinet minister who lives in the neighborhood. He said there were exchanges of gunfire and a helicopter gunship hovering overhead.

“What I witnessed with my eyes and heard this morning was a full-scale battle,” tweeted another former Cabinet minister, Femi Fani-Kayode. He said he lives 55 yards from the state security headquarters and the presidential villa called Aso Rock.

The tensions in Nigeria are fueled by a terrorist network called Boko Haram.

Nigeria Boko Haram attacks map

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