Inmates escape Aden prison
ADEN — Eight inmates escaped Sunday from the prison in Al-Mansoura in Aden governorate.
Security forces captured four prisoners within the prison compound. The other four remain at large, according to Sadeq Al-Haid, Aden’s security chief.
Al-Haid said the prisoners are not linked to Al-Qaeda. He said conditions for inmates in the prison are extremely poor. The high temperatures and humidity prompted wardens to provide fans and refrigerators, though he said they are “not sufficient.”
According to Al-Haid, some inmates imprisoned for less serious offenses could be released on the basis of the poor conditions.
Al-Haid did not talk openly about the number of the inmates in the prison, but he called on the Interior Ministry to better care for the prison.
This is not the first time inmates have escaped the jail. Eight prisoners fled in May; security forces captured two.
Jihad Mohsen, an Al-Mansoura local, said the prison, which lies within the vicinity of Al-Nakeeb Hospital in Aden, has witnessed low security measures in the past year, allowing two pirates to escape from the prison two months ago. The pirates allegedly bribed prsion guards.
Mohsen said a number of juveniles in the prison mix with adults; the former are subject to sexual harassment.
The prison manager, Colonel Adel Al-Sifiani, declined to comment.
Five Al-Qaeda linked prisoners broke out in Hodeida
Meanwhile, a security source who talked to the state-run Saba News Agency said five Al-Qaeda-linked men escaped the Political Security Prison in Al-Hodeida governorate, in west Yemen.
The source said the police are now pursuing the escapees in order to arrest them.
The fugitives’ names were published as follows: Soleiman Mohammed Soleiman Atia, Abdullah Qaed Hassen, Nasser Al-Said Ismael Motahr, Haithm Hassn Afifi and Taha Mohammed Al-Tahtah.