Detainees don police uniforms in Iraq prison break

January 14, 2011 13:51


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BAGHDAD — Iraqi authorities on Friday said 12 terrorist detainees disguised in police uniforms have escaped from a prison in the southern port city of Basra.

An Iraqi intelligence official and a Basra policeman said the morning prison break happened at a detention center housed in one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces.

It's not clear how the detainees got the police uniforms but the intelligence official said authorities were investigating whether they had inside help from guards.

The police official said a citywide manhunt for the escapees was ongoing in Basra.

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