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Gunmen, suspected to be terrorists, attacked Kuje Medium Custodial Centre in Abuja on Tuesday night.

Although details about the attack are unknown, residents in the area alleged that the attackers launched explosives and heavy gunfire within the prison premises. Scores of inmates have also reportedly escaped from the correctional centre.

According to the spokesperson for the Nigerian Correctional Service, Abubakar Umar, normalcy had been restored.

“I wish to confirm that about 10:00 pm, some yet-to-be-identified gunmen attacked the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje in the Federal Capital Territory.

“However, men of the Armed Squad of the Nigerian Correctional Service and other security agencies attached to the Custodial centre have responded, and calm has been restored to the facility and the situation is under control.

“Details will be made available soon,” he said.

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