Bahrain's interior minister, Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah al-Khalifa, ordered Monday the dismissal of the country's prisons chief after two inmates escaped from a main jail, his office said.
Sheikh Rashid formed a committee to investigate the jailbreak from the Jau prison, in southeastern Bahrain, to assess shortfalls in security measures, the ministry said.
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He ordered the demotion of the official to the general security department, and appointed another officer as a caretaker under the ministry's supervision.
The interior ministry did not disclose details about the prison escapees.
Scores of Shiites have been arrested, tried and jailed following a March 2011 crackdown on Shiite-led protests that erupted in the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom.
Many others are frequently detained for taking part in unauthorised protests and clashes with security forces in Shiite villages.