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Four Lebanon Inmates Still At Large

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 14 (UPI) — One of five inmates who escaped from a high-security prison in Lebanon this weekend was back in custody Sunday, the Lebanese army announced.

Jordanian Midhat Hasan Khalil was captured in northern Lebanon less than a day after he and five other inmates climbed down a rope made of bed sheets and slipped out the Roumieh prison by blending in with a crowd of families visiting other prisoners.

The army said in a written statement that Khalil was tracked down with the help of military headquarters, and the manhunt was still under way Sunday.

The fugitives include a Lebanese, a Kuwaiti and two Syrians. The reasons they had been in Roumieh were not immediately known. A sixth man was nabbed before he could get out of the prison grounds.

The Daily Star in Beirut said investigators were pointing to lapses on the part of the prison staff and had referred some individuals to the Military Tribunal.

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