BAGHDAD, Sept 28 (KUNA) -- At least 67 persons, mainly policemen, were
killed or injured as unknown gunmen broke into a jail in downtown Tikrit in
central Iraq last night to free large numbers of prisoners.
Five police officers were found beheaded after the mass breakout, a
security source in Salah Eddin governorate told KUNA on Friday.
The casualties in uniform are 12 slain policemen, including five senior
officers - two colonels, two lt.-colonels and captain, in addition to 30
injured corps while five inmates were killed and 20 others were injured.
Soon after the incident, the army-backed security services rushed to the
scene, cordoned off the area and launched a manhunt across the city in a bid
to capture the fleeing inmates and gunmen, the sources said under anonymity.
The security services put the number of fleeing prisoners at 150 among them
are leaders of the terrorist Al-Qaeda Organization in Iraq and the Islamic
State of Iraq who were sentenced to death.
The source added that the security services managed to capture 40 prisoners
and control the jail, while Hakem Al-Zameli, a member of the parliamentary
committee on security and defense, said only 24 were captured.
The attackers destroyed all police vehicles at the jail, set afire all
records there and exchanged fire with the police men in a fierce battle that
lasted from 2:00 a.m. until early this morning, Al-Zameli noted.
The mass breakout started as the security services began transferring 40
convicts on the death roll from the jail to a Baghdad jail, he added.
Upon receiving notification of the incident, Lt.-Gen. Rashid Fleih,
commander of military operations in the nearby Samerraa city sent large
numbers of troops from two brigades of the Golden Division to the area to back
up the police forces. (end)
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