Four Iraqis escape from US custody in Baghdad prison

The 4 men were linked to al Qaeda and facing the death penalty.

Updated: Sep 09, 2010, 15:57 PM IST

Baghdad: US and Iraqi officials say four prisoners with links to al Qaeda have escaped from the US-controlled part of a prison in Baghdad.

An Iraqi military spokesman, Maj Gen Qassim al-Moussawi, said that the Americans informed them this morning that four Iraqis being held by the US had broken out of Karkh Prison.

He said the men were linked to al Qaeda and facing the death penalty.

An American military spokesman, Col Barry Johnson, confirmed there was an escape, but provided no details.

The US has handed over control of all prisons that it used to run to Iraqi authorities but at the Iraqis request, the US continues to run a small section of Karkh Prison where it maintains custody over some 200 prisoners.


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