Al Qaeda Prisoners Escape

December 12, 2011 by staff 

Al Qaeda Prisoners Escape, Twelve alleged Al-Qaeda militants plus two other inmates have tunnelled their way to freedom from a prison in the south Yemen city of Aden, a security official said on Monday.

The prisoners fled through a six-metre (yard) tunnel they dug at the western end of Aden’s central prison, the official said.

None of the escapees was serving a jail sentence. Some were being tried over a 2009 robbery of a bank in Aden, while others were facing charges of being involved in various assassinations of intelligence officers, security sources said.

In June, heavily-armed Al-Qaeda fighters raided the central jail in the southern city Al-Mukalla, capital of the Hadramawt province, freeing dozens of prisoners and killing a security guard.

The Mukalla jail was believed to house more than 100 Al-Qaeda militants, 58 of whom have been tried in court and have received jail sentences.

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