Tripoli - Eighteen prisoners have escaped during an attack
on a Libyan police vehicle taking them back to prison from a courthouse in the
capital, a police spokesperson said on Friday.
Thursday's attack is the latest in a string of incidents
plaguing Libya and comes after more than 1 200 inmates escaped during a prison
riot last week in the restive eastern city of Benghazi.
Judicial police spokesman Ahmad Boukraa said the prisoners
were being transported back to Ain Zara prison in a western suburb of Tripoli
when gunmen attacked the police vehicle, seriously wounding two guards, Lana
news agency reported.
Boukraa gave no further details.
Libya's authorities have been struggling to reestablish law
and order and form a professional police and army since the fall of longtime
dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
On 27 July, more than 1 200 inmates escaped from Al-Kuifiya
prison in Benghazi, with a security official saying most of them were common
He said they broke out during a riot "as well as an
attack from outside".
In April armed men attacked a convoy of prisoners near
Tripoli, killing a detainee and wounding others.