Yemen: Hospitalized al-Qaida prisoner kills guard

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March 7, 2010 17:37

 
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An al-Qaida prisoner receiving treatment in a Yemen hospital has attacked guards, killing one and wounding another, while trying to escape, security and hospital officials said Sunday. He was caught after a chase.

Hospital officials said the patient snatched a gun from one of his guards, shot at them and fled. Security forces were dispatched to the hospital, chased the prisoner and apprehended him. Their smoke grenades set a small fire in the hospital.

The officials said the patient, a foreign al-Qaida operative, was under heavy guard in the Republican Hospital of San'a.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists.

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