15 Al Qaeda Suspects Escape in Yemen

Twelve Al Qaeda suspects and two other prisoners fled though a tunnel they managed to dig at a prison in Aden, in south Yemen, local media reported. The inmates dug a 6-meter tunnel in the jail and escaped without engaging in fights with security guards patrolling the prison, Yemeni security officials said. Security forces are checking all main roads to and from Aden after the escape. Tanks and other armored vehicles are involved in the operation.

Al Qaeda Suspects Escape

None of the inmates was sentenced but some of the escapees were investigated over a 2009 bank robbery, with the rest being tried for their involvement in murders of intelligence officers.

Al Qaeda militants are battling Yemen’s army for months, heading a massive uprising against the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is at the helm of the Arabian state for 32 years. In November, Saleh agreed to step down in 90 days and to be succeeded by his deputy.

Ongoing battles between the army and the rebels have forced some 45,000 people to fled their homes in Yemen, according to a report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
In another prison escape in June, a security officer was killed and dozens of Al Qaeda militants were freed after an attack on the central jail in the southern city Al-Mukalla, capital of the Hadramawt province.

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