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 Escapees from coalition prison recaptured by Kurdish forces

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Escapees from coalition prison recaptured by Kurdish forces 15.5.2006 

 






SULAIMANIYAH, Kurdistan-Iraq, May 14, 2006 (AFP) - Five prisoners who escaped from a high-security prison in northern Iraq jointly run with the US-led coalition have been recaptured by Kurdish forces, a Kurdish security official told AFP.

The five Sunni Arabs, who escaped from Fort Suse prison near Sulaimaniyah on Tuesday in the first successful breakout from a coalition detention centre, were picked up in a joint operation by security forces and peshmerga militiamen, the official said.

Four of the escapees were detained near Sulaimaniyah while the fifth was caught by militiamen near the town of Chamchamal further south.

Pictures of the escapees had been distributed throughout the area and coalition and Iraqi forces had stepped up patrols and checkpoints.

Security officials blamed the breakout on the negligence of Kurdish guards and five have been detained for questioning.

US military officials were quick to describe the escape as a freak occurrence and not an indication of problems with the security of detention facilities.

There are approximately 14,000 detainees held in coalition detention facilities around Iraq, including Camp Bucca near the Kuwait border, Abu Ghraib near Baghdad and Fort Suse, where the most dangerous detainees are held.

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