Interpol issues global security alert in prison breakouts

8/3/13
 
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from USAToday,
8/3/13:

Interpol has issued a global security alert calling for increased vigilance for terrorist activity after suspected al-Qaeda involvement in prison escapes including those in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan.

The international police organization says prison breakouts have occurred in nine Interpol member countries in the past month alone and requests the agency’s 190 member countries’ assistance to figure out whether such events are linked, the group said in a statement on its website Saturday.

Interpol’s alert comes a day after the State Department issued a global travel alert because of an al-Qaeda terrorist threat, saying the potential for terrorism is particularly strong in the Middle East and North Africa. That travel alert goes through Aug. 31.

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