Al-Qaeda Frees 200 Prisoners In Yemen

Al-Qaeda Frees 200 Prisoners In Yemen

By News Desk | The Trent on April 2, 2015
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FILE: Cadets were leaving the academy for a weekend with families when a suicide bomber hit the southern gate of the Yemeni Police Academy, July 2012 (Photo Credit: Luke Somers/Al Jazeera)

About 200 prisoners held in the Yemeni coastal city of al-Mukallah were freed by al-Qaeda fighters in the early hours of Thursday, April 2, 2015, with many of the inmates linked to the terror group.

CNN reports that official availed that a senior al-Qaeda figure, Khaled Batarfi was among the escapees.

The reports say that about a dozen attackers seized government buildings, including the Central Bank, a radio station and the Central Prison, where the prisoners were set free.

Officials say the militants clashed with government troops, with most of the militants fleeing the area.

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