Sana'a: At least five terrorists of the al Qaeda have escaped from a prison in Yemen, the country's official news agency reported.

The five members of the al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) fled on Tuesday from a prison in the country's northwestern port city of al-Hodayda, an official said.

Several members of the Yemeni al Qaeda wing were recently captured following a US-backed operation in the southern Abyan province.

A security official said, the terrorists escaped from the "highly-guarded" jail through a 30-metre-long tunnel they dug from their cell to a nearby cemetery. The incident occurred just after 10 al Qaeda suspects escaped from a prison in the southern port city of Aden.

(Agencies)

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