Suspected al-Qaida raid on Yemen jail kills 10

June 19, 2010 15:45


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SAN'A, Yemen  — Under a hail of gunfire and grenades, heavily armed militants believed to be al-Qaida stormed the intelligence services' jail in a southern Yemen port city on Saturday, killing at least 10 people, security officials said.

An eyewitness outside the security building in Aden, about 200 miles (320 kilometers) south of the capital, San'a, said the gunmen made off with several freed prisoners.Saturday's attack began when armed men fired on the entrance of the regional intelligence headquarters, then shot their way into its detention facility, where al-Qaida suspects are often held, the security officials said.

An eyewitness, who works at the building and was outside the premises at the time of the attack, said he saw four gunmen hit the entrance with rocket-propelled and hand grenades before rushing inside under a hail of gunfire. He said a firefight ensured, but the attackers managed to escape with several detainees they had freed from the facility.

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