Tunisian prison on fire, inmates escape

July 5, 2011 15:57


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TUNIS - At least one person died on Tuesday when fire broke out at a Tunisian prison and inmates escaped in an incident that highlights the country's lawlessness six months after the president was ousted.

Witnesses said ambulances rushed to the prison in Gassrine, about 300 km southwest of Tunis, to take dozens of injured people to the local hospital.

A medical source told Reuters that one person died.

There has been a spate of prison fires in Tunisia over the past few months. Often the fires are started deliberately by inmates who then, in the confusion, stage mass breakouts.

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