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Arrests Follow USS Cole Jailbreak

The chief of the secret police in the Yemeni port of Aden has been arrested along with his deputy for questioning about the escape from prison of 10 suspects in the bombing of the USS Cole. Chief suspect Jamal al-Badawi and nine others broke out of the high-security prison early on Friday morning, reportedly by drilling a hole in a bathroom wall. “Two senior officials of the Political Security Organisation in Aden have been detained for questioning,” a government official told Reuters news agency in the capital Sanaa. Security forces have failed to locate the escapees despite a major search operation and are also believed to be questioning friends and relatives of the fugitives as well as warders at the prison. Mr Badawi and an alleged accomplice are suspected of direct involvement in the attack on the US warship while the other eight are suspected members of al-Qaeda – the militant organisation widely blamed for the attack. They had been held since shortly after the attack in October 2000. Full Story

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