Terrorists dig tunnel, plot prison escape in northern Israel

The flag of the Israel Prison Service. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) Israel Prison Service guards foiled a potential prison break on Thursday after being tipped off by security prisoners in northern Israel’s Shata maximum-security prison, Israel Hayom reported.

After learning of the escape plan, prison personnel conducted intense searches throughout the compound. Guards discovered a tunnel some 13 feet deep and 1.5 feet wide under a cell occupied by terrorists belonging to global jihad groups.

Preliminary investigations point to the tunnel being dug in recent days, and investigators are looking into whether the prisoners were planning to escape through it. The tunnel had not been completed, but it would have emerged in that wing’s courtyard.

During the search, guards also discovered a makeshift knife as well as plain clothes altered to look like warden uniforms in another cell. The fake uniforms were made using blue shirts with carton cutouts for badges and lettering drawn with toothpaste. Following the tunnel’s discovery, the wing was sealed and its occupants were moved to other cell blocs. Investigations are ongoing.

Posted on June 13, 2014 .