Iraqi officials say four prisoners with links to al-Qaida have escaped from a Baghdad detention center.

Officials say the four broke out of a U.S.-controlled section of Karkh Prison, formerly called Camp Cropper, Wednesday night.  It is not clear how they managed to escape.

U.S. officials confirmed the escape, saying the military is working with Iraqi forces to investigate the incident and recapture the individuals involved.

In July, the U.S. military handed over control of the Camp Cropper detention center to Iraqi authorities.  The facility houses about 1,500 detainees, but about 200, including those who escaped, remained in a U.S.-controlled section of the prison. 

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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