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Manhunt on for 12 inmates who escaped from Jolo jail


PHILIPPINE POLICE said Sunday they were hunting for 12 inmates who escaped from a jail on a southern island that is the stronghold of Islamist militants. The detainees were among 29 inmates who bolted from a prison inside a police station in Jolo on Saturday where they were being held mostly on drug charges. The remaining 17 were recaptured the same day, police said. Jolo, the capital town of the island province of Sulu, is a base for the Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom group and authoritie­s said they were investigat­ing whether or not the inmates who escaped had links with the militants. — AFP >> See fulll story on

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