BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iraqi police searched Friday for 28 prisoners from Abu Ghraib who escaped while being transported to another facility in Baghdad, police and U.S. military spokesmen said.
Two police officers may have been involved in Thursday night’s escape, Iraqi officials said. The detainees were aboard a bus from the prison to another Iraqi correctional facility, said Lt. Col. Barry Johnson.
Iraqi police said several detainees had their hands bound with rope.
The inmates loosened the rope and managed to overpower the police and guards. One took an AK-47 assault rifle from a police officer and shot the officer, critically wounding him, police said. Four guards and the bus driver were severely beaten, police said.
I’d like to note that according to CNN, the prisoners were mostly accused of crimes against Iraqis, such as theft.