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Yemen president lashes out at 'below-par' security services

Published on Feb 15, 2014 9:57 PM

SANAA (AFP) - President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi on Saturday lashed out at the "below-par" performance of Yemen's security services, after 29 inmates including suspected Al Qaeda members escaped from Sanaa central prison.

The prison break after an assault on Thursday unmasked a lack of improved security at the facility, despite vows by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) chief Nasser al-Wuhayshi last year to free incarcerated members of his group.

Wuhayshi himself escaped in February 2006 from the political security prison in Sanaa with 22 other members of AQAP before being named the group's leader a year later.

Mr Hadi on Saturday made a surprise visit to the interior ministry and the central prison where he was briefed on details of the assault, state news agency Saba reported.

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