Blasts, Clashes Follow Benghazi Jailbreak
Around 1K escapees still on the loose
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2013 2:49 AM CDT
Libyans run for cover during earlier clashes in Benghazi.   (AP Photo/APTV)

(Newser) – Benghazi is descending deeper into chaos after the escape of more than 1,000 prisoners from a city jail. Two explosions hit a courthouse and a justice ministry building yesterday and officials believe escapees are to blame. The blasts, which injured at least 10 people, had "some of the hallmarks of other similar incidents that some of these prisoners were convicted of," a spokesman for the city's military command center tells the BBC.

Following the blasts, at least one soldier was killed in clashes between security forces and an unknown armed group, Reuters reports. Only around 100 prisoners have been recaptured from the jailbreak, which came the day after the assassination of two military officers and a prominent critic of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Lefty_Libby
Jul 30, 2013 4:21 AM CDT
Africa is none of our business. Their resources don't belong to us, and we have no business installing military bases there or invading their countries. Tell the Saudis, Jordan, and the Israelis to work out their own problems. Maybe Turkey will lend a hand; and, Egypt if they get their crap together. We need to get out of the corporate security business (in Africa, Asia and South and Central America). U.S. taxpayers cannot afford to provide armies and fight wars for global corporations that keep their assets and jobs in foreign countries, and file their taxes in the Cayman Islands. The Pentagon is the welfare source of our national debt. Multinational corporations that do not contribute to our nation add trillions to our debt. Why provide them with a defense department for wars they create?
HANKHILL
Jul 29, 2013 11:43 AM CDT
no real escape they were let go!! just savages needing more savages to kill the other savages!!!!!!!!!
right2dave
Jul 29, 2013 5:01 AM CDT
Obama should open an embassy there?