Twenty-three prisoners escaped from a prison in Iraq's turbulent city of Mosul on Friday, police said.
The inmates fled through a hole they made in a wall at Ghazlani prison in the southern area of the city. The escape happened in the morning but prison guards did not discover it until the afternoon, police said.
Authorities alerted military and police checkpoints in the city to be on the lookout for the escapees. Police said there were what they said al Qaeda fighters and other "high value" detainees among those who escaped.
Mosul has seen a number of big prison breaks.
The military said three top suspected oil-extortion figures were among a dozen people arrested on March 24 in a security sweep.
The joint U.S.-Iraqi operations were carried out pursuant to a warrant from an Iraqi judge.
ReutersGüncelleme Tarihi: 03 Nisan 2010, 09:39