Libya’s deputy Interior Minister Omar al-Khadrawi says the detainees had been awaiting trial for crimes committed in the past year.
He says unknown assailants in a Land Cruiser opened fire on security personnel guarding the facility late on Friday in what appeared to be a co-ordinated attempt to free some of the men inside.
Three policemen and two prisoners were wounded.
It was the third rebellion at Tripoli’s al-Fornaj prison, where detainees complain they have been held for months without word of trial.
Since last year’s revolution that ousted long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has struggled to restore security and rebuild its judicial system.- AP