Gunmen storm Iraq jail, free 140

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Reuters AlertNet – Gunmen storm Iraq jail, free 140

MOSUL, Iraq, March 6 (Reuters) – Dozens of gunmen stormed an Iraqi jail in the northern city of Mosul on Tuesday and freed up to 140 prisoners in one of the biggest prison breaks since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, police said. Militants attacked Mosul’s northwestern Badoush prison just after sunset in the ethnically mixed city and overwhelmed police, who were forced to call the U.S. military for backup. Most of the prisoners were believed to be insurgents, police said. It was unclear if there were any clashes between gunmen and police during the incident. Saddam Hussein’s nephew, Ayham Sabawi, escaped the same prison in December after he was accused of financing the Sunni insurgency against U.S. forces and the Shi’ite-led government.

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