Al-Qaeda frees 300 inmates from Yemeni jail

April 2, 2015 10:17 AM

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SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Security officials say al-Qaeda militants in Yemen have stormed the center of the coastal city of al-Mukalla and freed about 300 inmates, including scores of militants, and that Shiite rebels have fought their way into the heart of Aden to the west.

The officials say al-Qaeda militants were deployed on Thursday across major roads leading into al-Mukalla in an apparent bid to thwart any attempt to retake the city.

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