Twelve Iraqi prisoners on Friday escaped from a prison near Baghdad, the Associated Press reports. Iraqi authorities said some of the prisoners were affiliated with al-Qaeda and were awaiting execution.
From the AP:
A police official said the early Friday jailbreak took place after the prisoners escaped through windows of their cells and seized the weapons of guards who were manning two observation towers.
A guard chief in Taji prison confirmed the information, adding that some guards were arrested and are being questioned to see if they helped the prisoners escape. Security forces started a manhunt to arrest the escapees.