Iraqi governor held after Qaeda jailbreak

SAMARRA  - Iraqi police arrested the head of a jail from which dozens of Qaeda militants escaped weeks ago, hours after he left hospital after being treated for wounds suffered in the incident. Brigadier General Laith al-Salmani is now being investigated in connection with the September 27 jailbreak, when more than 100 inmates escaped from the prison in Tikrit, although several were killed or recaptured in the following days and weeks. Al-Qaeda’s front group in Iraq has since said it was behind an assault on the facility that led to the mass escape. “Police today arrested the director of the prison of Tikrit, Brigadier General Laith al-Salmani,” said a police officer in Salaheddin.

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