posted on Mar, 26 2005 @ 06:02 PM
U.S troops have discovered a 600 foot long escape tunnel that is believed to be involved in a plan for a mass escape from Camp Bucca Prison in
Southeastern Iraq. The tunnel, which is 10 feet below ground and around 3 feet wide was discovered after a tip off began a camp wide search. The
discovery of the tunnel has solved the issue of machinery jams in the latrine system from sand and dirt disposed of by detainees during the digging,
which has up to now confounded camp officials.
The tunnel is believed to have been dug with improvised tools. Military authorities discovered it after a tip initiated a campwide search.
The tunnel is about 10 feet below ground and 2 to 3 feet wide.
Pentagon officials did not know how long the tunnel had been under construction.
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The prison is home to 6049 prisoners, which is about two thirds of the detainess at the three main Iraqi prisons and was placed on alert after a
smiliar smaller tunnel was discovered earlier this week. A head count has revealed that no-one has escaped so far through the tunnel.
The same prison was involved in rioting on Jan 31st this year after prisoners attacked guards with rocks. The guards opened fire and killed four
prisoners and wounded others.
The tunnel was discovered a day before Major General William H. Brandenburg, who is head of American detnetion operations in Iraq toured the camp with
General George W. Casey Jr who is the top commander in Iraq at this point.
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