Tunisian prisoners break out of jail
TUNIS, Tunisia — Dozens of Tunisian inmates staged a prison break in a southern coastal town, overpowering guards, a top corrections official said on Monday.
Police and soldiers searched the town of Gabes for the 49 inmates and succeeded in recapturing 32 of them, some of whom came back willingly, others who were returned by their families.
The prison break occurred when guards went to investigate cries for help from a cell crammed with 68 inmates late Sunday, said Col. Hicham Ouni, security director. The prisoners said one of the inmates had been injured by a fan, but when the guards opened the gate, they were rushed and their keys taken. Three guards were injured.
Ouni described the inmates as mostly common criminals and said that none was in prison for terrorist-related crimes.
Inmates broke out of the prison in 2011 during the uprising that overthrew Tunisia's president.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
- Pakistan allows gathering of 1,000 Taliban amid leadership rift
- European Union struggles for answers as migrant influx raises tensions
- Officer killed in Ukraine clash with nationalist protesters
- China’s WWII parade of military might stirs up Taiwan, others in Asia
- Dozens of Venezuelans shot by police amid crime crackdown
- 11 officials, executives detained in China port blast
- Migrants risk all to flee
- Tropical Storm Erika’s menace ebbs
- Egypt, sans parliament for more than 3 years, sets elections
- British Columbia windstorm knocks out electricity