Fatah Islam inmate escapes from Roumieh Prison in Lebanon


Two prisoners from the radical Fatah Islam Organization Tuesday morning escaped from a prison in Lebanon, the country’s state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported.

The report said that the two prisoners attempted their escape from Roumieh Prison by climbing over a wall. However, one fell to the ground, breaking bones severely and caught by security forces, the other prisoner eluded the police and fled.

Northeast of Beirut, Roumieh Prison is the largest and most notorious Lebanese prison which regularly holds nearly 5,500 prisoners. A wide man hunt is underway for recapture of the escaped prisoner.

Fatah Islam is a radical Sunni islamist group which became well- known in 2007’s summer after engaging in conflict against the Lebanese Army in the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon. The United States classified the group as a terrorist organization on August 9, 2007. Peoplesdaily