Nineteen prisoners escape jail in Iraq's Kirkuk

March 23, 2012 12:26

KIRKUK, Iraq - Nineteen prisoners, most facing terrorism charges, escaped from a temporary prison in Iraq's northern city of Kirkuk through a ventilation window on Friday, a senior local police official said.

Police patrols had been deployed around the city, which sits 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, and a search was on for the escapees, police sources said."Nineteen detainees escaped. They removed the ventilator in the bathroom and used blankets to jump from the opening," Deputy Police Chief Major-Gen. Torhan Abdulrahman told Reuters.

"Most of them are accused in accordance with article 4 (terrorism). Investigations are ongoing."

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