ISF Foils Prison Break by Fatah al-Islam Inmateإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Internal Security Forces thwarted a jail break attempt by a Fatah al-Islam inmate from Roumieh prison, the oldest and largest of Lebanon's overcrowded prisons, the National News Agency reported on Thursday.
According to the news agency, the ISF revealed the scheme on Wednesday by one of the prisoners, who was planning to wear a black chador and climb down using a rope from the bloc that the Islamist inmates are held in.
The ISF found the Islamic veil and the rope that the prisoner was planning to use in his escape attempt, NNA said.
Security sources told Voice of Lebanon radio (100.5) that three Fatah al-Islam inmates, a Palestinian, a Syrian and an Algerian, who fled the prison at least a month before security guards found out in October, might have used the same technique.
At least thirteen security personnel were arrested over suspicions of being involved in helping the 3 detainees flee the prison complex.
In another major prison break from Roumieh, five Fatah al-Islam inmates managed to escape in August 2011.
The Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon was almost totally destroyed in 2007 during a months-long conflict between the Lebanese army and the al-Qaida-inspired Fatah al-Islam.
The fighting killed some 400 people, including 168 soldiers.