ALBAWABA - At least 20 "dangerous" ISIS militant prisoners escaped a jailhouse in northwest Syria after a massive earthquake struck the area and neighboring Turkey Monday.
20 dangerous #ISIS militants escape from Syrian prison after earthquake— Avia.Pro - War News, events, media (@avia_pro) February 7, 2023
According to the agency, a mutiny took place in a prison in the city of Raju in the north-west of the country after the disaster, the prisoners seized part of the prison, and some of the militants escaped. pic.twitter.com/STFrCTWxVg
News outlets reported that following the tremor disaster, the prisoners confronted wardens in the town of Raju near the Turkish border.
Prisoners mutinied in a northwestern Syria prison Monday following a deadly earthquake, with at least 20 escaping the jail holding mostly ISIS members, a source at the facility told AFP.https://t.co/HhKtKVxBUX— ɀ ꪮ ꪜ (@nyetfsb) February 7, 2023
"After the earthquake struck, Raju was affected and inmates started a mutiny, taking control of parts of the prison," said an official at Raju jail, which is controlled by pro-Turkish factions according to AFP.
20 ISIS prisoners escape after earthquake collapses prison walls in Turkeyhttps://t.co/4sISl7OZqp— Pakistan Timez (@PakistanTimez) February 7, 2023
The jail holds more than 2,000 prisoners, 1,500 of whom belong to the ISIS terror network.
News reports suggested that their escape was assisted, and that the 7.8 magnitude earthquake cracked different parts of the prison.
Meanwhile the confirmed death toll across Turkey and Syria has soared above 4,300 following a swarm of strong tremors that jolted the Turkey-Syria border area.
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