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Philippine Muslim extremists stage mass jailbreak

Philippine soldiers return to camp after an armed encouter with members of the militant group Abu Sayyaf, one of several Muslim gangs on the southern island of Mindanao on August 26, 2016Muslim extremists who support the Islamic State group staged a daring jailbreak in the southern Philippines, freeing 23 detainees in the latest in a series of mass escapes, officials said Sunday. About 50 heavily armed members of the Maute group raided the local jail in the southern city of Marawi on Mindanao island on Saturday and freed eight comrades who were arrested barely a week ago, police said. Fifteen other detainees, held for other serious offences, also escaped in the raid, said provincial jail warden Acmad Tabao.

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