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Lebanon: Five Killed In Police Chase After Mass Prison Break-Out

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Beirut: Five escaping prisoners died on Saturday when their car hit a tree after more than 60 detainees broke out of a Lebanese detention centre outside Beirut, said Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces (ISF) in a statement.

However, the ISF did not mention how the 69 prisoners had escaped from the facility.

President Michel Aoun was briefed by the caretaker interior minister about the break-out and ordered that search operations be intensified and the incident be investigated, the Presidency tweeted.

Around 15 prisoners had been caught while four others turned themselves in. The five died when a car they seized crashed into a tree, while one prisoner was injured and taken to hospital.

The state news agency NNA earlier said the prisoners had escaped from the prison at dawn after breaking open cell doors.

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