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Al-Qaida prisoners escape from Baghdad jail

07-23-2010 09:19 BJT

BAGHDAD, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Four al-Qaida prisoners in Baghdad on Thursday escaped from a just-handed jail from the U.S. forces, the Iraqi state television reported.

The four prisoners include the finance and interior ministers of the so called Islamic State of Iraq, a major al-Qaida branch in the war-torn country, said the report.

The jail they escaped from is a former U.S. military base called camp Cropper, which was transferred to Iraq's interior ministry one week ago, it added.

Iraqi and U.S. forces in the past months have killed and detained some high-ranking leaders of the Islamic State of Iraq. Both countries said this was a major blow to the group, but serious attacks have continued across the whole country.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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