36 killed as 40 inmates escape in Iraq prison break
09 May 2015, 16:53
Baghdad - Forty inmates in a prison in eastern Iraq,
including some convicted of terrorism charges, have escaped amid a riot that
killed at least six police officers and 30 prisoners, Iraq's Interior Ministry
spokesperson said on Saturday.
There were conflicting casualty reports on the attack at
the Khalis prison in Diyala province. Two provincial police officials and a
medical official put the toll much higher, saying 51 inmates and 12 policemen
were killed, while more than 200 inmates escaped.
They spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not
authorised to release the information.
Brigadier General Saad Maan Ibrahim, the interior ministry
spokesperson, told AP that a fight broke out first among the inmates of the
prison and when guards went to investigate, they were overpowered and had their
There are hundreds of inmates in the prison.
Some of those that escaped were wanted on terrorism
charges, Ibrahim added.
He said security forces were cordoning off the area,
hunting for the escaped inmates.
The town of Khalis is located about 80km north of
Jailbreaks are common in Iraq and usually a result of
assaults from militants seeking to free their comrades in prison.
Ibrahim said, however, that there was no external attack
that sparked the Khalis riot.