Jailbreak in Libya, 54 Detainees Escape - The New Indian Express

Jailbreak in Libya, 54 Detainees Escape

Published: 03rd February 2014 12:31 AM

Last Updated: 03rd February 2014 12:32 AM

 A Libyan security official says that over 54 detainees have escaped from a prison in the capital Tripoli due to a security failure.

Judicial Police Lt Col Ahmed Abu Kara said in a today statement that the escapees smashed the building's rear protective windows, while guards were distributing the

inmates' breakfast. He said the prison was short five guards at the time of the yesterday breakout.

Abu Kara says jails overseen by the Judicial Police have been plagued by repeated prison breaks. In July, over 1,000 detainees escaped from al-Kweifiya prison near the eastern city Benghazi.

Libya has experienced a security vacuum since the 2011 overthrow of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. In the absence of a strong police and military, the government relies on

militias that include many anti-Gadhafi rebels.

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