Iraqi prisoners escape from prison

Updated 11 January 2013
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Iraqi prisoners escape from prison

BAGHDAD: Iraqi authorities say 12 prisoners, including some Al-Qaeda-linked inmates awaiting execution, have escaped from a prison near Baghdad.
A police official said the early Friday jailbreak took place after the prisoners escaped through windows of their cells and seized the weapons of guards who were manning two observation towers.
A guard chief in Taji prison confirmed the information, adding that some guards were arrested and are being questioned to see if they helped the prisoners escape. Security forces started a manhunt to arrest the escapees.
All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to media.
Jailbreaks occur frequently in Iraq. The new security breach cast more doubts on the ability of Iraq to secure the country amid deep political and sectarian tensions.

 


Iraqi police surrounds the office of Hezbollah in Baghdad after clashes wound 3: AFP

Updated 31 min 40 sec ago
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Iraqi police surrounds the office of Hezbollah in Baghdad after clashes wound 3: AFP

BAGHDAD: Iraqi police surrounded the Baghdad headquarters of the pro-Iran Hezbollah Brigades militia Wednesday, after an armed clash with law enforcement left three people wounded, an interior ministry source said.
The Hezbollah Brigades, part of the Hashed Al-Shaabi paramilitary units that fought the Daesh group in Iraq, is also fighting on the side of Bashar Assad in Syria independent of the authorities in Baghdad.

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