Fifteen al-Qaeda militants have broken out of a prison in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, officials have said. The militants escaped through a six metre tunnel dug from the yard at the city's central prison.
(CNN) Aden - The escapees encountered no government resistance, the security officials said. Security forces closed down all roads leading to Aden and created checkpoints on every main street after the escape.
Witnesses said tanks were deployed, and hundreds of additional troops were stationed in front of security offices and government buildings. Some residents in Aden complained that security forces on roads and checkpoints were using excessive force with civilians.
"The forces were treating us as if we are criminals, at times making threats to anyone who asks them questions," said Khaled Mansoor, a bus driver in Aden.