Al Qaeda stages prison break, frees 90 of its members

Al Qaeda stages prison break, frees 90 of its members

As Saudi-led airstrikes continued hammering purported Shiite rebel locations across Yemen, the security vacuum created by the rebels’ uprising has reportedly enabled al Qaeda’s powerful affiliate in the country to release one of its key members — along with everyone else — from a prison in the southeast.

Witnesses said militants of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) began attacking the Central Prison of al-Mukalla at about 1 a.m. Thursday (6 p.m. Eastern, Wednesday).

All prisoners at the facility were set free, including some senior AQAP commanders, according to accounts posted on Twitter by AQAP followers and witness reports.

Witnesses said AQAP fighters armed with machine guns stormed the prison after a barrage of rocket fire from men positioned on the roofs of tall buildings surrounding the prison facility.



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