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Attempted Libya jailbreak leaves 2 prisoners dead

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 12, 2014 at 12:13 p.m.

— Libya's justice minister said that an attempted jailbreak at a prison outside Tripoli left two prisoners dead.

Salah al-Marghani said Saturday that the prisoners tried to overpower their guards and burn the main building late Friday. One of those killed was a non-Libyan, he said, without specifying the nationality.

Al-Marghani also said that a day earlier, 10 prisoners escaped when a group of gunmen attacked a vehicle transporting them from the Ayn Zara prison to a Tripoli court.

Libya has experienced a security vacuum since the 2011 overthrow of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi, including a series of prison breaks. In the absence of a strong police and military, the government relies on militias to bring order.

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