Al Qaeda-inspired militants escape Lebanese jail

Fatah Islam fought the Lebanese army inside a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon in the summer of 2007.

Beirut: Lebanese security officials say five prisoners, most of them members of an al Qaeda-inspired group, have escaped the country`s main jail.

The officials say it is not clear how the four Lebanese and one Sudanese citizen broke out of the heavily-guarded Roumieh prison east of Beirut on Saturday.

Local media say the Lebanese are members of the al Qaeda-inspired Fatah Islam group. The officials have refused to say whether the escaped convicts included Fatah Islam members.

Fatah Islam fought the Lebanese army inside a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon in the summer of 2007.
The officials say Lebanese troops, backed by an army helicopter, have set up a security cordon around the prison and are searching all cars leaving the area. They spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Bureau Report

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. You can find out more by clicking this link

Close