May 9, 2015 / 7:07 PM / 5 years ago

Islamic state militants staged Iraq prison break - officials

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic state militants staged the prison break in Iraq in which 50 inmates and a dozen policemen were killed, said two Iraqi officials on Saturday.

“ISIS was responsible for the killings and the release of ISIS prisoners,” said Oudi Al-Khadran, mayor of the town where the prison, which holds hundreds of people convicted of acts of terrorism, is located.

That account was confirmed by Colonel Ahmed al-Timimi of the Diyala province security operations centre. 

Reporting by Baghdad newsroom; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Andrew Roche

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