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Over a Dozen Killed After Iraqi Prisoners Attempt Jailbreak

Darrin Klimek/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- Inmates at an Iraqi jail in Baghdad who tried testing the security system in a daring bid to escape the facility Sunday were ultimately no match for guards who foiled their efforts.

However, the bold impromptu plan left at least 17 people dead, including both detainees and police.

According to police sources, a prisoner in the process of being transferred was able to grab one of the guards' revolvers and began firing wildly, killing several police officers as other inmates joined in the scheme to bolt from the Interior Ministry compound.

The escape plan ended violently as the inmates in the group, including the detainee who started it, were slain when security reinforcements arrived at the scene to quell the uprising.

Later, Iraqi officials said that some of the dead prisoners were part of a terrorist plot that resulted in the deaths of 68 people at a Christian church in Baghdad last October.

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