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December 7, 2021

Iraq: At least 14 dead in attempted escape by Al Qaeda-linked prisoners

Abu Huzaifa Al Batawi and up to 15 others shot dead after prisoners try to overpower their guards in Baghdad prison, Al Jazeera reports. The most senior member of al-Qaeda in Iraq has been shot dead during clashes between officers and prisoners inside a jail in Baghdad, officials say. Abu Huzaifa Al Batawi, the leader of the Islamic state of Iraq – the most powerful al-Qaeda faction in the country – was killed along with up to 15 others after detainees tried to overpower their guards on Sunday. The incident occurred at the ministry of interior’s Baghdad compound, designed to be one of the most secure facilities in the country.

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