Provincial health and police forces announced that at least 50 inmates and 12 policemen were killed in the clashes at an Iraqi prison Saturday.
A spokesperson for the Iraqi government initially placed the death toll at six police officers and over 30 inmates resulting from a large scale jailbreak attempt which saw 40 prisoners escape the Khalis prison in Diyala.
Iraqi Interior Ministry spokesperson Brig. Gen. Saad Maan Ibrahim had told AP that a fight broke out among the inmates, and police officers who were responding to the disturbance were overpowered and had their weapons taken from them.
Ibrahim stated that some of the escaped inmates were individuals on a terror list and that a military search effort had begun.
Jailbreaks are common in Iraq where militant groups often detonate the walls or shell prison facilities in order to free incarcerated members of their groups.