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Jail break in Libya, 100 recaptured of 1,100 escapees



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 said on Sunday. Armed violence and lawlessness, caused in part by militia groups who often do as they please, has hobbled governance in large areas of the oil-producing North African state following the 2011 war that toppled Muammar Gaddafi.
In all, 1,117 inmates on Saturday broke out of the Kuafiya prison on the outskirts of the city, the cradle of the 2011uprising that has now become a hot spot for violence. Officials said there had been an attack on the compound from outside as well as a riot inside after which some prisoners set their cloths and bedsheets on fire. Guards then opened the gates to let them escape the fire, Justice Minister Salah al-Marghani told reporters in the capital after visiting Benghazi.
Residents had helped guards to arrest some escapees. Benghazi has seen a wave of violence since last year with numerous attacks on security forces as well as foreign targets, including the assault on the U.S. mission last September in which the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed. Saturday's jail break came as hundreds of protesters attacked the Benghazi and Tripoli offices of Libya's Muslim Brotherhood and the headquarters of a liberal coalition in the capital after demonstrations sparked by assassinations in Benghazi turned violent late on Friday.




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