4 al-Qaida inmates escape Baghdad jail

July 22, 2010 19:52

BAGHDAD  — Four al-Qaida-linked detainees escaped Thursday from a Baghdad area prison that was handed over by the US to Iraqi authorities a week ago, Iraq's justice minister said.

Dara Noureddin said Thursday the four, who were awaiting trial on terrorism charges, escaped from the prison formerly known as Camp Cropper.

The escape could be a major embarrassment for Iraq, which took over control of the prison from US forces on July 15.

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