ADEN, Yemen- Eighteen inmates of the Yemen-based al-Qaeda branch, managed to escape from a prison, controlled by the Shiite Houthi rebels, in the central province of al-Bayda, on Saturday.

According to the security source, who asked to remain anonymous, the escape followed a rebellion that erupted inside the Political Security (Intelligence) prison, controlled by the Houthis in al-Bayda province.

"The guards around the prison, who were badly injured, failed to resist or put down the prisoners' rebellion," the source said. "Even the weapons of the guards were seized by the al-Qaeda inmates, who fled to unknown locations," the source added.

The al-Qaeda network, mostly operating in the eastern and southern provinces, has been responsible for many high-profile attacks, against security forces in the country.

Scores of al-Qaeda militants are engaged in the ongoing fighting against the Shiite Houthis, in al-Bayda province and other Yemeni provinces.

The Yemen-based al-Qaeda branch, seen by the United States as the global terror network's most dangerous branch, has exploited years of deadly conflict, between the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels, to expand its presence, especially in the south-eastern provinces.


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