Militants of al Qaeda escaped from the prison of Yemen
22. June 2011
57 militants of al Qaeda have escaped from the Mukalla jail in the Hadarmout province, a prison in southern Yemen, today (Wednesday) through a 45 yard underground tunnel. The 57 were among the 62 inmates in the prison. This may create very bad political crisis in Yemen.
Groups of al Qaeda linked gunmen opened fire on the guards from outside and at that time the 57 prisoners escaped from the jail through the tunnel. Obviously, the prison breakout can be said as the carefully choreographed escape. One guard was killed in this open fire. Another guard was highly injured.
In 2006, 23 al Qaeda linked escaped from a Sanaa detention center in Yemen, was the last major prison breakout. Nasser al-Wahishi, who wanting to be the next leader of al Qaeda in Yemen, and the dominant figure in al Qaeda, Qassim al-Raimi were among the jailbirds escaped from the detection center.
The latest escape on Wednesday can be a sign of challenge of the militants of al Qaeda to the Yemen’s security and the government. A specialist in Yemen, Christopher Boucek said through email that “This incident is yet another example of the deteriorating security and stability situation in Yemen.”
The militants of al Qaeda grabbed control of two towns in Abyan last month and also seized control of several neighboring provinces of Lahj last week. Some of these militants have been tolerated by the president of Yemen 33-year-old Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saleh is now taking treatment in Saudi Arabia. The vice president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi became the temporary president from the departure of the president Saleh.