facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

More than 1,000 inmates break out of Libyan prison

July 28, 2013 at 1:47 AM   |   Comments

TRIPOLI, Libya, July 28 (UPI) -- A mass breakout at a prison near Benghazi, Libya, Saturday left more than 1,000 inmates on the loose, Libyan security officials said.

"There was a riot inside al-Kweifiya prison, as well as an attack from outside," a security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Iran's Press TV. "More than 1,000 prisoners escaped. Special forces called in as reinforcements were given orders not to fire at the prisoners."

The official said most of the fugitives had been imprisoned for common law offenses, though "some of them were detainees in cases linked to the former regime of Moammar Gadhafi."

However, a security official at the prison said most of the inmates who escaped were facing serious charges, Press TV reported.

Government security official Mohammed Hejazi said government forces recaptured 18 inmates some returned on their own.

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said the breakout was orchestrated by area residents "because they don't want the prison near their homes."

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Hillary Clinton: Businesses and corporations don't create jobs Hillary Clinton: Businesses and corporations don't create jobs
2
Terry Keenan, former CNN, Fox News anchor, dead at 53 Terry Keenan, former CNN, Fox News anchor, dead at 53
3
Iranian woman accused of killing attempted rapist executed Iranian woman accused of killing attempted rapist executed
4
Top NSA spy is leaving position after conflict of interest accusations Top NSA spy is leaving position after conflict of interest accusations
5
Woman pleads not guilty to rape of Seattle man Woman pleads not guilty to rape of Seattle man
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback