Iraq militants attack Tikrit prison, freeing 90 inmates
Armed militants have attacked a prison in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, killing 12 guards and freeing about 90 inmates, officials have told the BBC.
They say a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb at the gates of Tasfirat prison and clashes between militants and security guards followed.
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The prison was later retaken from the gunmen by security forces, reports say. A curfew is now in place in the area.
Tasfirat holds several hundred inmates, some of them condemned to death.
The unidentified gunmen stormed the prison on Thursday night. The attack lasted into the early hours of Friday, and at one stage the militants controlled all the gates of Tasfirat, about 160km (100 miles) north-west of Baghdad.
But a source in the police command of the Salaheddin province later said the security forces "took control of the prison", according to the AFP news agency.
The attackers reportedly took with them a police car and weapons seized from the guards.
The prison has previously seen disturbances among the inmates, and in April police said they had uncovered a plan by some prisoners to escape. Militants have previously targeted Iraqi prisons in similar operations.
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