World Bulletin / News Desk
Dozens of prisoners escaped an Iraqi jail after gunmen dressed in police uniform attacked the prison and released them, security sources said on Friday.
And at least 83 prisoners were able to escape during the unrest, the officials said.
The jail, which housed some 300 inmates, was assaulted by gunmen driving police vehicles after a car bomb exploded outside the main gate late on Thursday, security sources said. Twelve prison guards and seven gunmen were killed in clashes.
Security forces managed to regain control of the jail, in the city of Tikrit, early on Friday, but an official said more than 50 prisoners were still on the run.
"There was clear negligence and laxness by those who are in charge of this prison. The operation was pre-planned, well prepared," Hakim Al-Zamili, a member of parliament's security and defence committee, told Reuters.
A curfew was imposed and helicopters hovered over the city, the home town of the executed former President Saddam Hussein.
Around 20 escapees were recaptured overnight, but Zamili said it would be tough to track down the rest because they had destroyed prison records before fleeing.
"All documents, files, pictures and all identifications of those prisoners were burned. I think the security forces will find it very difficult to identify those who escaped."Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Eylül 2012, 16:54