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Yemen: Prison break death toll reaches 10

Al-Qaeda received help from inside the prison to facilitate the escape of 29 inmates

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Yemeni military and security officials says that the death toll from a prison break in the capital has reached 10, and that al-Qaeda received help from inside the prison to facilitate the escape of 29 inmates.

Maj. Gen. Mohammed Ali al-Zaelib told the Defense Ministry's online newspaper on Friday that one officer, seven soldiers and two civilians were killed by a car bomb and heavy gunfire from militants during the attack.

Security officials said that al-Qaeda recruited security guards who provided information and support in return for money. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

Out of the inmates who fled, at least 19 were convicts in terrorism-related cases connected to assassination attempts on the president and foreign diplomats.