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40 inmates escape in Libyan prison break

Illegal immigrants and suspected mercenaries stand at a barred door in a prison in Gherian, Libya. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

TRIPOLI: A Libyan security official says 40 inmates have escaped from a prison in the southern city of Sabha after it came under attack by unknown gunmen.

The local official said Saturday that the gunmen opened fire on the prison a day earlier and helped the inmates to escape after threatening the guards. He spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not allowed to brief reporters.

Libya's state news agency LANA quoted prison director Shaaban Nasr as saying that scores of detainees later handed themselves in.

Jailbreaks are frequent in Libya, where the nascent police and army have been unable to secure the country and rely on armed militias who fought in the 2011 civil war that toppled dictator Moammar Gadhafi and often act above the law.

 

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