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    Aug 29, 2016

    Philippine extremists bust 28 out of jail


    MUSLIM extremists carrying Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group insignia have staged a daring jailbreak in the southern Philippines, freeing 28 detainees in the latest in a series of mass escapes, officials said yesterday.

    About 50 heavily armed members of the Maute group raided the jail in the southern city of Marawi on Saturday, freeing eight comrades who had been arrested barely a week ago, police said.

    Twenty other detainees, held for other offences, also escaped in the raid, provincial police chief Senior Superintendent Agustine Tello said.

    The freed members of the Maute group were arrested on Aug 22 after soldiers manning a checkpoint found improvised bombs and pistols in the van they were driving.

    The Maute group is one of several Muslim gangs in the southern region of Mindanao, the ancestral homeland of the Muslim minority in the largely Catholic Philippines.

    The gunmen attacking the jail on Saturday were seen carrying black flags of the ISIS group, and bandanas bearing the militants' insignia were later found in their base, the military said.