Iraq hunts dozens of escaped 'Qaeda' inmates
29 September, 2012
TIKRIT: Iraqi security forces on Friday hunted for dozens of al Qaeda-linked inmates who escaped during an attack on a prison in the city of Tikrit that left at least 13 policemen dead, officials said.
The violence at the prison comes after al Qaeda's Iraqi front group announced a campaign to regain territory and said it aimed to help its jailed members escape.
"Security forces were able to detain 33 of the escaped inmates, and there are still about 75 others" at large, Muhammed Hassan Attiya, the head of the Salaheddin provincial council security committee, said, adding that "operations to pursue them are continuing."