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17 detainees escape in Iraq prison break

2012-03-23 12:55

Baghdad - An Iraqi police official says 17 detainees have broken out of prison in a northern city.

Police spokesperson in Kirkuk city Brigadier General Sarhat Qadir said on Friday that 10 of those who escaped from an interior ministry detention centre were al-Qaeda-affiliated detainees.

Qadir said the detainees escaped at dawn from a small window using rope made of blankets. Police started a manhunt to find them, he said.

Kirkuk, which is 290km north of Baghdad, is the main oil hub in northern Iraq. It's been the scene of sporadic insurgent violence and ongoing tensions between the region's three main groups -Kurds, Arabs and Turkomen.