Tripoli, 26 March 2013:
A major search is under way this evening following a mass break out from the prison in Sebha, . . .[restrict]during which one escapee was shot dead.
A security official reportedly told Associated Press that early today, 50 inmates had broken out following a riot at the jail in protest at their conditions. Doors had been smashed down and fires started. The mass escape occurred as officials tried to restore order.
Initially guards are said to have fired over the heads of the escapers but one prisoner was killed and two others wounded. Nine other absconders were quickly rounded up. The search has continued today for the remaining 36. [/restrict]