Libyan security officials said more than 1,000 detainees have escaped from a prison near the eastern city of Benghazi in a mass jailbreak.

A government security official in Benghazi, Mohammed Hejazi, said the jailbreak happened on Saturday at Koyfiya prison, as protesters stormed the offices of Islamist-allied parties in Libya’s main cities.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the jailbreak was part of the protests or if inmates received outside help.

A security official from the prison confirmed the jailbreak happened. He said most of the inmates were being held on serious charges.

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