400 inmates escape after Libya prison riot

Detainees force open doors as fighting between rival militias raged in southern Tripoli jail

Tripoli: Some 400 detainees escaped after a riot on Sunday at a prison in the southern suburbs of the Libyan capital Tripoli, theatre of a week of deadly battles, the police said.


“The detainees were able to force open the doors and leave” as fighting between rival militias raged near the prison of Ain Zara, the police said in a statement, without specifying what crimes the escapees had committed.

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