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.