Saturday, July 27, 2013

Massive jailbreak near Benghazi – 1,182 convicts on the run

Prisoners from the al-Qaeda-linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group seen before release from prison in Tripoli, Libya. (AP)

A total of 1,200 convicted criminals escaped from Kuayfia Prison, which is some ten kilometres to the east of Benghazi, at 4.30 this morning. They made their escape while a group of the prison’s 4,000 inmates were engaged in “civil disobedience,” according to spokesman for the Benghazi Joint Security Room, Mohamed Hejazi.

“Libyan Army Special Forces surrounded and secured the prison and other teams then started to search for the escapees,” Hejazi told the Libya Herald.

He said that just 18 of the escaped convicts had been caught, leaving 1,182 at large.

Kuayfia Prison houses both Libyan and sub-Saharan African prisoners. The escapees are serving sentences for a range of crimes, including murder, drug dealing and crimes of morality.

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