By Saber Ayyub.
Tripoli, 17 December 2015:
The justice ministry loyal to the Ghwell administration in Tripoli says that it has recaptured 127 . . .[restrict]of the prisoners who managed to escape when a local jail in Tajoura was set on fire during clashes three days ago between a local brigade running the facility and the forces said to be under the control of prominent Tripoli commander Haithem Tajouri.
According to the ministry 200 managed to escape from Al-Kunduq prison on Monday. The figure is half that originally announced.
According to the Ministry the fighting was not an attempt to free prisoners. It said that the prison had been used as a defensive position by the local militia which had then come under mortar fire. Guards had opened the back doors and freed the prisoners from their cells to save their lives. The intention, however, had been to transfer them elsewhere. Some 200 of the prisoners, though, had managed to escape in the chaos.
In the fighting, 10 people in the local brigade, said to be allied to Misratan forces were reported killed and some 50 injured. [/restrict]