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

(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.

Libyans run for cover during earlier clashes in Benghazi.   (AP Photo/APTV)
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