Five dead after Lebanon jailbreak chase

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Five escaped inmates fleeing from a Lebanon prison died when a car they stole crashed into a tree during a police chase.

Sixty-nine inmates broke out of the prison in Baabda, a suburb of the Lebanese capital Beirut, after smashing their cell doors and attacking prison guards on Saturday, according to a police statement.

Police said so far 15 inmates have been re-arrested and four of the escaped prisoners had handed themselves over.

Security forces sealed off the area around the prison and were conducting a manhunt for the remaining prisoners.

An investigation into the incident is under way, according to the police statement.