Police: Gunmen attack Nigeria police station holding radical sect suspects, freeing prisoners

Police in Nigeria say gunmen attacked a major police station near the country's capital that is holding members of a radical Islamist sect, freeing some prisoners.

A statement confirmed an attack happened early Monday morning at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad station near Abuja. Federal police spokesman Frank Mba said the gunmen's assault allowed some 30 prisoners to escape. Mba said 25 had already been recaptured.

That station is holding suspected members of the radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram. Mba denied any Boko Haram members escaped in the attack, though security officials routinely downplay such attacks.

Boko Haram is blamed for killing more than 760 people this year alone. The attack Monday comes after suicide bombings at a church at a military base Sunday killed at least 11.