PARIS (AP) — International police agency Interpol has issued a security alert around the Middle East over the escape of al-Qaida members and other dangerous convicts from two Iraqi prisons.
The agency says it is working with Iraqi police to collect photos and fingerprints of the escaped prisoners to help police worldwide hunt them down.
Interpol said in a statement Wednesday that the jailbreaks from the infamous Abu Ghraib prison and the Taji prison near Baghdad on Sunday pose "a major threat to global security."
Daring insurgent assaults on the prisons set hundreds of detainees free and killed dozens of people.
Last year, al-Qaida's Iraq arm launched a campaign called "Breaking the Walls" that made freeing its imprisoned members a top priority.