Nineteen prisoners escape jail in Iraq's Kirkuk

By REUTERS
March 23, 2012 12:26

 
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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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