Al Qaeda prisoners try to tunnel out of Abu Ghraib
[NY Post] A group of al Qaeda prisoners was caught trying to tunnel out of Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, an official said on Sunday, after the Death Eaters said they would step up their fight against the government.
Jail breaks are common in Iraq and security at prisons was beefed up this week after five Death Eaters stormed a police counter-terrorism headquarters on Tuesday in an attempt to free al Qaeda prisoners. All five were killed in a long shootout.
A front man for the justice ministry, Haider al-Saadi, said in a statement that 11 "dangerous prisoners" at Abu Ghraib dug down three meters and had tunneled along 20 meters using a frying pan and part of a ceiling fan before they were discovered.
They had fashioned breathing apparatus from soft-drink cans stuck end to end.
Another official in the ministry told Rooters that the men were al Qaeda members. The high security prison, notorious for abuse both during the rule of Saddam Hussein and under U.S. occupation, houses several thousand convicted cut-thoats.
"The late shift guard around midnight on Saturday heard some banging and digging under the concrete," Saadi said. "The guards then conducted an arrest operation ...in a professional way by filling the tunnel with water to force them out."
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