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Jihadis Attack Jail in Nigeria's Capital, 879 Inmates Escape

Broken walls at the Kuje maximum prison following a rebel attack in Abuja, Nigeria, on July 6.

Broken walls at the Kuje maximum prison following a rebel attack in Abuja, Nigeria, on July 6.

Photographer: Chinedu Asadu/AP Photos

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Abuja, Nigeria (AP) -- Nearly 900 inmates escaped in a jailbreak in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city, officials said Wednesday, blaming the attack on Islamic extremist rebels.

At least 443 of the 879 escapees are still missing, Umar Abubakar, a spokesman for the Nigerian Correctional Service said, while hundreds of others have either been recaptured or turned themselves in at police stations.