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Gunmen storm Darfur prison, free inmates

A group of armed Sudanese men has stormed a prison in the war-stricken region of Darfur and freed 90 inmates, Sudanese media reported on Monday.

world Updated: Jan 14, 2008 15:33 IST

A group of armed Sudanese men has stormed a prison in the war-stricken region of Darfur and freed 90 inmates, Sudanese media reported on Monday.

The unidentified men stormed the jail in Baram, south Darfur, on Sunday and freed the prisoners before fleeing in two cars, according to the Sudan Media Centre (SMC) which is close to the intelligence services.

Witnesses quoted in the independent daily Al-Sudani said the armed men took eight of the prisoners with them, adding that two prison guards were injured in the attack.

Authorities have launched an investigation to identify the culprits, the reports said.

The five year-conflict in Darfur has killed at least 200,000 people and displaced two million more according to UN figures.