4 Insurgents Escape in Iraqi Jail Riot

4 likely al-Qaeda in Iraq members escape
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 26, 2008 8:01 AM CST
The U.S. military handed over control of the once brutally violent Anbar province to Iraqi forces, but American officials warned that the struggle against insurgents was not over in the region.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Four prisoners who belong to the insurgent group Al-Qaeda in Iraq broke out of jail during a riot today that killed six police officers and seven prisoners in the western city of Ramadi, police said. Authorities have imposed a curfew on the city, the capital of Anbar province, as they search for the escapees.

The incident started when a prisoner held in a cell with 11 others asked a guard to allow him to go to the bathroom, the chief said. When the guard opened the cell door, the prisoners pulled him in, grabbed his assault rifle and killed him, then attacked other police. Some of the detainees managed to escape in the ensuing riot.