June 22, 2011

In what appeared to be a well orchestrated plan, suspected al-Qaida militants escaped from a jail in southeastern Yemen, a security official said.

The Chinese news agency Xinhua reported armed al-Qaida militants attacked the Central Prison headquarters near the city of al-Mukalla in the Hadramout province early Wednesday.

Armed with machine guns and grenades the militants attacked the building and guards, and succeeded in releasing 10 prisoners, Xinhua said.

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