A mass jailbreak has occurred near Benghazi, Libya, with more than 1,000 detainees held for “serious charges” escaping, AP reports.
“There was a riot inside Al-Kuifiya prison, as well as an attack from outside,” one security official said to AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. “More then 1,000 prisoners escaped. Special forces called in as reinforcements were given orders not to fire at the prisoners.”
The breakout is reminiscent of what happened earlier this week, with 500 convicts — including senior members of al Qaeda — being released after outsiders attacked their prison and freed them.
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