US-led coalition says allies foil jail-break attempt by Islamic State in Syria

Beirut, AP | Updated : 06 April 2019, 11:30 PM
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The US-led coalition said its Syrian allies have successfully dealt with an "incident" at a detention centre in northeastern Syria which activists described as an attempted prison break by Islamic State militants. Col Scott Rawlinson, coalition spokesman, said on Saturday all detainees were accounted for after the Syrian Democratic Forces "peacefully" dealt with the incident that broke out a day earlier. He said coalition forces supported the SDF with aerial observation.

Activists, including from Rojava Information Center, reported IS detainees in the town of Derik attempted the escape.

The Kurdish-led SDF is holding hundreds of foreign IS militants in facilities around areas they control in northeast Syria. Many more local suspects are detained separately. It was not clear if the attempted break out was among foreign or local detainees. 

First Published: Saturday, April 06, 2019 11:30 PM
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