Yemeni officials say that at least 16 prisoners, including suspected members of Al-Qaeda, have escaped from a prison in the southern Yemeni city of Aden.

A security official in the south of the country, where Islamist fighters have seized parts of an entire province, said detainees fled by digging a tunnel leading beyond the prison's walls.

Sixteen were at large, another local official said.

It was the second major jailbreak involving Al-Qaeda members since June, when dozens of Al-Qaeda militants escaped from a jail in another city, Mukalla.

Islamists have been gaining power in the south as Yemen was witnessing a massive uprising against President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who last month finally agreed to step down after 32 years in power.

compiled from agency reports


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