Multiple sources quoted in the report said the gunmen invaded the facility around 10 pm but security operatives were able to repel the attack.
According to Daily Sun newspaper reports that the prison came under heavy bombardments by unknown terrorists, throwing the entire area council into confusion. The first explosion, a high capacity bomb, went off around 10.25pm. It was followed by second and third blast and sporadic gunshots that left the residents scampering into safety. Few hours earlier, security report had alerted the prison officials of possible attacks of the medium prison. A prison staff, who confirmed the attack, explained that the attackers had come from the back of the prison yard.
Kuje prison was established in 1989, it has minimum and maximum holding cells where inmates are incarcerated. It is famous for holding high-profile offenders, including former governors and ministers.