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Jailbreak in Libyan capital as 54 detainees escape through prison's back windows
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Sunday, February 2, 2014 9:51 AM EST
A Libyan security official says that over 54 detainees have escaped from a prison in the capital Tripoli due to a security failure.
Abu Kara says jails overseen by the Judicial Police have been plagued by repeated prison breaks. In July, over 1,000 detainees escaped from al-Kweifiya prison near the eastern city Benghazi.
Libya has experienced a security vacuum since the 2011 overthrow of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. In the absence of a strong police and military, the government relies on militias that include many anti-Gadhafi rebels.