April 2nd, 2010
05:16 PM ET

23 suspected insurgents escape in Iraq

Twenty-three suspected insurgents escaped Friday from a detention center in the city of Mosul in northern Iraq by digging a hole in the wall and climbing through, officials said.

Guards discovered the escape from al-Ghazlani Detention Center when they entered the men's cell to distribute lunch at noon, the officials said.

The men, who were being held pending trial, had been in the cell at 6 a.m., when breakfast was served, the officials said.

A number of the center's security forces have been detained in connection with the investigation and pictures of the escapees have been distributed to security checkpoints in Nineveh province, officials said.

The escape had apparently been planned for some time: guards had seen a blanket covering the hole in the brick wall, which would have taken more than a day to breach, the officials said.

Mosul is located in Nineveh province, about 420 km (260 miles) north of Baghdad.

- CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this story.

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  1. Heather

    "Guards had seen a blanket covering the hole in the brick wall, which would have taken more than a day to breach"

    Sounds to me like no one cared if these guys stayed in or got out. Seriously, no one said "Hmmm, thats weird, why would they hang a blanket up on the wall?" Yet again another story of complete incompetence.

    April 2, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Vincent S

    I would assume that this was an Iraqi controlled detention center. Our soliders currently conducting detainee ops in American-controlled detention centers would not have allowed this to happen. This sounds like the corruption and lack of vigelence that is rampant in the local Iraqi police and defense forces.

    April 2, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Daniel

    I just hope these guys don't get caught because if they do,they'll only be tortured first and then killed.Their trial will only be a formality and nobody will ever know whether these guys are guilty or innocent.

    April 2, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Aristotle

    Just more examples of Iraqi corruption – the guards got bought out or threated. What a waste of American lives we have spent on that cesspool of a country.

    April 2, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. J. Woodbridge

    You're only seeing what's in your face concerning these people being incarcerated. The info provided stating these people are "suspected insurgents", so some sort of law must have been broken. The people escaped although they were in a confined facility supposedly "under watch". All through time, there has been countless "so called escape situations" under the same circumstances. Broken laws and rules established by the "Powers that Be" are not always what they seem to be. If people believe their cause is right and justified along with the local population and general populaton laws will not prevail until the "ROOT" of their issues is satisfied. Communication to all that strive for their beliefs is essential to get through to all parties to begin to get peace and civility.

    April 2, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |

    @Daniel – Yeah, that would break my heart. I would be willing to bet some of them have attempted to harm US forces. If a few innocents are killed that saves US troops, then so be it. Collateral Damage, happens in times of war. Get over it.

    April 2, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mmcclure15

    How much money did we spend getting these guys once???? How much to catch them again??? We need to take oil in place of all the money we have spent there....... It seems to me that a guard had part in this....... How much do you think he/she made??????

    April 2, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Franklin Rizzo

    We are at war with ISLAMIC RADICALS.
    There are millions of good Muslims around the world. However, there are MORE THAN ENOUGH horrible radical evil ones that they cause death, terror all over the globe.
    They are cavemen. Dumb. Count the bodies from country to country.
    Most of the blown to pieces are INNOCENT bystanders.

    From Chechnya to Pakistan, Malaysia to Indonesia..... they just blow up everyone they can.
    What has that accomplished for their sick cause?
    No tactics, no strategy, only hatred and death.

    My big question is why do the peaceful Muslims ALLOW those radicals to taint and tarnish and defame their supposed PEACEFUL religion and Koran? Is it because it's really not so peaceful at the root?

    April 2, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Terry Workman

    Just another example of why we are pulling out of Iraq too early. These are the little things that are going untrained becuase the "Mission is Complete".

    April 3, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. superjp

    I actually work in one of the prisons here in iraq. The prison in Mosul is controlled by Iraqis. There are no US soldiers in or around the prison in Mosul. The ICOs (Iraq correctional officer) are just civillians which have no prior experience in prison work. I worked with a medical unit in one of the prisons that just got turned over. We treated them like royalty. Around the clock medical care. Better than most Americans get. Its to prove that we are Civilized and treat them with respect. Hopefully you treat us the same back home.

    April 3, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mr Ed

    Being unable to trust the guards, it's about time the authorities were required to fit leg or arm bracelets on these prisoners. Then they will be able to keep tabs on them and if they don't return pronto if they escape, send in Sherrif Drone, to make sure they never escape again.

    April 3, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. Barry77

    This seems to happen all the time in Muslim countries. Is it the abundant corruption or sheer incompetence (or both)?

    April 3, 2010 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. John

    Daniel, are you serious that you do not want them to be caught? They were suspected insurgents for a reason, and then when they were pending tria they escaped, it is pretty obvious that they must be guilty. I hope that they are caught because now we definitely have something to arrest them for.

    April 3, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. craig

    If they werent guilty, they wouldnt have fled. They will not be tortured, those days are over. I am here, its not that bad. But it would not surprise me if they were killed, if they were guilty of nothing before, they are now.

    April 3, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. michael

    our troops were there for how long and how many died in the process of training these Iraqis to take over their security for stuff like this? they gotta handle their own problems and the locals have to get involved as well in fighting these insurgents

    April 3, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |