NIAMEY (AFP) – Several “terrorists” were among 22 inmates who escaped a prison in the Niger capital Niamey during unrest in which three guards were killed, the government said Sunday.

“The events of yesterday (Saturday) allowed around 22 people, including terrorists, to escape,” Justice Minister Marou Amadou told a press briefing, adding that inmates facing terrorism charges had killed three guards according to the latest toll.

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