Iraqi officials announced on Saturday that 50 prisoners and 12 police died in a jailbreak attempt by the Islamic State. The ISIS admitted it staged the jailbreak but gave conflicting reports.
After a rampage flared up, a lot of prisoners broke out from the Al-Khalis facility about 80 km (50 miles) northeast of Baghdad, according to security and police officials.
Islamic State militants, or the group occasionally known as ISIS, which has snatched huge parts of Iraq and Syria, infiltrated using explosives to free 30 prisoners and get into the prison’s weapon supplies, said Amaq News Agency, a supporter of the group.
The organization said that Shi’ite militiamen infiltrated the jail and executed about 60 militants in fights.
“ISIS was responsible for the killings and the release of ISIS prisoners,” said Oudi Al-Khadran, mayor of the town where the prison, where hundreds of people condemned of terrorism is located.
Colonel Ahmed al-Timimi of the Diyala of the province security operations center confirmed the account.
Seyyid Sadiq al-Husseini, the head of Diyala’s security committee said that they were not sure if any high-profile convicts were detained in Al-Khalis.
“The inmates started fighting among themselves, which drew the attention of the police guards who went to break up the fight,” said a police source, asking not to be named.
“Then the prisoners attacked them, stripped them of their weapons and started a riot while also managing to capture the armory of the prison.”
Authorities announced that a a curfew is in effect in Al-Khalis and barged into houses, looking for escapees.
A car bomb in Baghdad exploded on Saturday killing seven civilians and wounding 14 others, according to police and medical sources report.