21 IS militants escape Iraqi jail, most recaptured

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Iraqi federal police members patrol the street in western Mosul, Iraq, on March 29, 2017. Xinhua

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Twenty one prisoners, most of them members of Islamic State jailed on terrorism charges, broke out of a prison in northern Iraq but 15 of them have been recaptured, Kurdish security officials said yesterday.

The fortified jail of Sosa is located near the city of Sulaimaniya and include mainly militants of the hardline Islamist group who were captured during the fight against Islamic State which started in 2014.

Kurdish security officials launched manhunt operations after the break-out late on Wednesday and 15 of the 21 were recaptured, two security officials said. The whereabouts of the other six remains unknown.

Although Sosa jail is located in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, the federal government has full control over the prison.

It was not clear how the inmates managed to escape the highly secured prison.

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