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6 of 16 Qaida-affiliated escaped prisoners recaptured by Iraqi police
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11:53, September 26, 2009

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Iraqi security forces on Friday recaptured 6 of 16 al-Qaida-affiliated escaped prisoners, just two days after they escaped from a prison in Tikrit City, the capital of Salahudin province, a provincial police source said.

The 16 prisoners, including five sentenced to death, affiliated to al-Qaida in Iraq network broke through a ventilation duct in the prison located in central Tikrit on Wednesday night.

The source said that 4 of the escaped prisoners, including two sentenced to death, were recaptured Friday morning and another two were recaptured later by security forces Friday afternoon.

Earlier Thursday morning, one of the five prisoners sentenced to death had already been recaptured by the Iraqi police, the source said, noting that the rest nine were still on the run.

The 16 prisoners had managed to escape from the Tikrit prison through a ventilation duct, jumping above a 4-meter prison wall and escaping to areas close to the prison, where the police carried out an intensive campaign to recapture them and managed todetain the said number over the past 48 hours.

The police source said the escaped prisoners had been behind carrying out at least 30 serious crimes, including killing of people.

Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, is the hometown of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein who was toppled by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003.


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