Five dead, terrorists escape in Tajikistan prison revolt
At least 25 jailed terrorists escaped in a bloody prison revolt in Tajikistan in which five prison guards were shot dead, the Tajik Interior Ministry said Monday.
The breakout took place around 2 am in the high-security prison with initial reports indicating that the security guards had ignored basic regulations, DPA reported.
The prison uprising came on the heels of last Friday's verdict by the country's suspreme court sentencing the terrorists to up to 30 years in prison.
The terrorists had been found guilty of attempting the violent overthrow of the Central Asian state, with some of those sentence belonging to the radical Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IBU).
Investigators believe that the prison escapees would be heading towards the mountainous areas in the eastern part of the country, where would seek shelter and plan new terror attacks.
The authoritarian governments of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have been dealing with sporadic violence by radical Islamic elements whose aim is to set up an Islamic state.