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23 Al-Qaeda Suspects Escape From Prison In Yemen


http://gdb.rferl.org/52c09b8d-8f11-41a5-b59e-373dd7d1e83e_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/52c09b8d-8f11-41a5-b59e-373dd7d1e83e_mw800_mh600.jpg The leader of Al-Qaeda is Osama Bin Laden (file photo) (AFP) 3 February 2006 -- Twenty-three suspected Al- Qaeda members have reportedly escaped from a prison in Yemen's capital Sana'a today.

Deutsche Presse Agency quotes unnamed officials in Yemen's Interior Ministry as saying that the break-out had happened.


The fugitives had been jailed at the headquarters of Yemen's Political Security Organization, an intelligence service that maintains a high-level prison facility.


Officials say investigators are trying to find out if the escapees received help from an inside source. A massive manhunt is under way.


(dpa)

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