Baghdad: A statement posted on an extremist website says the leaders of an attempted prison break this week that left 17 dead were slipped guns and were plotting their escape with al Qaeda allies for weeks.
Thursday`s statement by the Islamic State of Iraq did not explicitly say the inmates had inside help, but the new details strongly suggested that they did. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told reporters on Wednesday that possibility would be investigated.
The Islamic State of Iraq is linked to al Qaeda.
None of the inmates escaped after what officials have described as a bloody five-hour gun battle Sunday at the prison at the Interior Ministry`s headquarters in central Baghdad.