Saturday, April 16, 2005

11 Detainees Escape From Camp Bucca, 10 Recaptured

From a story in Arab Times (Kuwait)
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Eleven Iraqis detained at a U.S. prison in southern Iraq escaped on Saturday, but 10 were quickly recaptured, U.S. officials said.

The men broke out at around 1:30 a.m. (2230 GMT Friday) after cutting a man-sized hole in the perimeter fence of Camp Bucca, a U.S.-run facility near the town of Umm Qasr, where around 6,500 detainees are held.
Many sources are carrying this story, but Arab Times, working from a Reuters feed, seems to have more details.
Iraqi security forces searched for the men at daybreak and soon recaptured 10 of them, Rondeau said. U.S. and Iraqi authorities are searching for the 11th.

None of those who escaped was a high-value detainee, Rondeau said. He gave no details on how long they had been held or the charges against them.
I've requested more information from my source at Camp Bucca.