Inmates escape Libyan prison

More than one thousand inmates escaped a prison after starting a riot in Libya as protesters stormed political party offices across the country today, the Associated Press reports.

Libyan PM blames prison escape on 'nearby residents'

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:

The prison was (attacked) by the citizens who live nearby because they don't want a prison in their region.

Special forces were present and could have got the situation under control by using their arms but they had received orders not (use) their weapons on citizens ... so the citizens opened the doors to the prisoners

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Some inmates arrested after escape from Libyan prison

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.

Libyan city of Benghazi. Credit: Google Maps

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More than 1,000 inmates escape Libyan prison after riot

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.

The prison escape came on a day of mass protests over the death of a prominent political activist. Credit: Reuters

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.