Monday, July 22, 2013

Iraq jailbreaks: Hundreds escape in Taji and Abu Ghraib

Mortar fire and suicide bombs were used to gain access to the jails, whose inmates include al-Qaeda prisoners.
At least 20 members of the security forces were killed as they struggled to regain control.
A senior Iraqi MP, Hakim Al-Zamili, said that about 500 prisoners had escaped from the notorious Abu Ghraib prison. Most of them were senior members of al-Qaeda who had been sentenced to death, he told Reuters news agency.
"It's obviously a terrorist attack carried out by al-Qaeda to free convicted terrorists with al-Qaeda", the agency quoted an unnamed security official as saying.