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Al-Qaeda Inmates Escape from Prison
By Harold Hutchison

A prison break in Yemen has resulted in 14 inmates, many of them with ties to al-Qaeda, escaping from custody. The breakout came during an attack on the site.

According to multiple media reports, the prison was attacked by multiple gunmen. The attackers killed seven Yemeni cops and wounded two others, while losing only three of their number. Two of the attackers were reportedly wounded.

Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has been involved in several attacks and attempted attacks. Among those attacks are the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, the attempted bombing of an airliner on Christmas, 2009, and an attempt to use bombs in printers to bring down aircraft.

Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born cleric, was a high-ranking member of the organization until he was killed in a UAV strike on 30 September, 2011.