12 alleged Qaeda inmates escape Yemen prison


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.
Spokesman for civil society organisations in Hadramawt, Nasser Bakazzuz, at the time accused the authorities of assisting the prisoners to escape and denied there was an attack by the militants on the facility.