65 Al-Qaeda Members Escape From Yemen Prison

Photo: Jenn Vargas (CC)

Photo: Jenn Vargas (CC)

The last major breakout of Al-Qaeda members from a Yemen prison was in 2006, but this escape consisted of nearly three times as many prisoners. Yemen Times reports:

At least 65 prisoner’s escaped on Tuesday from Al-Mukalla Central Prison. Some of the escaped prisoners have been confirmed as Al-Qaeda members who had been transferred from another prison in Al-Mukalla to the central prison.

Civilians claim that heavy gunfire broke out around 8am between security forces and escapees. The situation in the city has now returned to normal, with only one armored vehicle guarding the entrance of Jol Al-Saifa’a where the central prison is located.

The General-Secretary of Mukala’s Local Council, Mohammad Bin Ziad, who has been following the incident, told the Yemen Times that the confirmed number of escapees is 65 so far. However, he also said more details will be released after investigations have been carried out and eyewitnesses questioned.

“There was an external attack on the prison,” said Bin Ziad. “People broke into the prison from outside and slaughtered the guards. There are eyewitnesses and fatalities on both sides.”

[Continues at Yemen Times]

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10 Responses to 65 Al-Qaeda Members Escape From Yemen Prison

  1. VoxMagi June 23, 2011 at 2:57 am #

    It would probably help if the ordinary folks of Yemen had less in common with Al-Qaeda…instead of being the impoverished victims of their US backed regime.

  2. VoxMagi June 22, 2011 at 10:57 pm #

    It would probably help if the ordinary folks of Yemen had less in common with Al-Qaeda…instead of being the impoverished victims of their US backed regime.

  3. E.B. Wolf June 23, 2011 at 1:12 am #

    The guards should have known something was up when the prisoners all put posters of Raquel Welch on their cell walls.

  4. E.B. Wolf June 23, 2011 at 5:12 am #

    The guards should have known something was up when the prisoners all put posters of Raquel Welch on their cell walls.

  5. GoodDoktorBad June 23, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    ….and they ran whee, whee, whee -all the way home…

  6. Anonymous June 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    ….and they ran whee, whee, whee -all the way home…

  7. SF2K01 June 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    Given the current state of things in Yemen it wouldn’t surprise me if they had help from sympathizers. Sure the government can’t officially support them or they might be subject to all sorts of threats but they just can’t help it if people went around their backs and helped these guys out.

  8. Anonymous June 23, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    Given the current state of things in Yemen it wouldn’t surprise me if they had help from sympathizers. Sure the government can’t officially support them or they might be subject to all sorts of threats but they just can’t help it if people went around their backs and helped these guys out.

  9. jackedu317 June 24, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    “heavy gunfire broke out around 8am between security forces and escapees.”… when you lock someone up, typically you take away their guns …

  10. jackedu317 June 24, 2011 at 3:30 am #

    “heavy gunfire broke out around 8am between security forces and escapees.”… when you lock someone up, typically you take away their guns …

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