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Al-Qaeda Fighters’ Jailbreak Highlights Yemeni Insecurity

Sixty-three suspected al-Qaeda militants escaped from a jail in Yemen, highlighting its growing insecurity as the U.S. pushed for political transition in a country that borders the world’s top crude oil exporter.

The prisoners escaped yesterday via a tunnel they dug under their cells in the coastal city of Mukalla in Hadramout province, a Yemeni intelligence official said on condition of anonymity because he isn’t authorized to speak to the media. One snatched a gun, killing a guard and wounding another.