BAGHDAD, July 27 (KUNA) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki on Saturday
fired director of the prison service and referred senior security officers
investigations against the backdrop of the mass prisoner breakout.
Al-Maliki made the decision following a meeting with the security committee
on the breakout, his office said in a statement.
Initial investigations pointed to clear faults and shortcomings in the
security system which enabled the prison inmates to contacts with fellow
terrorists outside and arrange for the breakout.
The prison administration failed to adopt the necessary precautions despite
earlier warnings, according to the statement.
Hundreds of prisoners fled the notorious maximum security Baghdad Central
Prison (formerly known as Abu-Ghraib) following a massive armed attack on
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