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Yemen Holds Top Secret Police Over Qaeda Jail Break

Yemen is questioning two senior secret police officers after 10 al Qaeda suspects, including two linked to the suicide bombing of the U.S. warship Cole, escaped from a Yemeni jail, an official said on Sunday. “Two senior officials of the Political Security Organization in Aden have been detained for questioning,” a government official told Reuters in the capital Sanaa. Jamal al-Badawi, the main suspect arrested after the October 2000 attack, a suspected accomplice and eight men held for allegedly belonging to al Qaeda escaped after drilling a hole in a bathroom wall at the high-security prison on Friday. Police have also arrested an unspecified numbers of friends and relatives of the fugitives and are interrogating several guards at the prison in the southern port city of Aden. Security forces are carrying out a manhunt in southern Yemen, while newspapers published photographs of the 10 men and officials promised a “generous reward” to anyone helping police to catch the fugitives. Full Story

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