170 inmates escape from prison in southern Libya

May 1, 2013 at 8:20 AM

SEBHA, Libya, May 1 (UPI) -- About 170 inmates escaped from a prison in the southern Libyan city of Sebha, a local official said.

Abobker Hamza, Sebha's local council spokesman, said some of the prisoners have either been captured or surrendered to authorities but a large number remain at large since the escape Tuesday, China's state-run Xinhua reported Wednesday.

Hamza said the escape occurred after a dispute among prisoners turned into chaos.

He said local officials have met with the military governor of southern Libya about the incident.

There have been four escapes from the prison during the past two months because of deteriorating security, officials told Xinhua.

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