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About 100 inmates out of more than 1,100 who escaped during a prison riot in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi have been recaptured, a security official has told Reuters.
The prisoners broke out of the Kuafiya prison on the outskirts of the city on Saturday amid recent unrest.
A mass jailbreak in the eastern Libya city of Benghazi has been blamed on people living around the prison, according to the Associated Press.
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan said an alert would be sent to border posts about the jailbreak and officers would receive a list of the escapees' names.
At a news conference, Mr Zidan added:
Some 18 prisoners have been re-arrested after more than 1,000 inmates escaped a prison in Libya as protesters stormed political party offices across the country, the Associated Press reports.
Three prisoners were injured in the initial escape attempt and were taken to a local hospital, said Mohammed Hejazi, a government security official in Benghazi. He added that some of the prisoners returned on their own.
More than one thousand inmates escaped a prison in Libya as protesters stormed political party offices across the country today, the Associated Press reports.
The prisoners started a riot and set fires after security forces opened fire on three detainees who tried to escape the facility outside of Benghazi, an official al-Kweifiya prison said.
After news of the riot spread, gunmen quickly arrived, opening fire with outside the prison in a bid to free their imprisoned relatives, a Benghazi-based security official said.
Those who escaped either face or were convicted of serious charges, the prison official said.
Over 1,000 inmates have escaped from a Libyan prison near Benghazi, according to the Associated Press.