Over 1,000 escape in Libya prison break: Security
BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) - Over 1,000 inmates escaped during a prison riot on Saturday in the restive city of Benghazi, a Libyan security official said, as protesters attacked Muslim Brotherhood offices following a wave of assassinations.
"There was a riot inside Al-Kuifiya prison, as well as an attack from outside. More then 1,000 prisoners escaped. Special forces called in as reinforcements were given orders not to fire at the prisoners," the official said, asking not to be named.
He said most of the escapees were common law detainees, including nationals of other African states.
"But some of them were detainees in cases linked to the former regime of Muammar Gaddafi," he said, adding that several inmates were recaptured shortly after the breakout.