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Yemen Says Three Al-Qaida Fugitives Surrender After Jailbreak


Yemen says three al-Qaida militants who escaped from a Yemeni prison have surrendered to authorities.

The al-Qaida militants were among 23 inmates who escaped from a Sanaa jail early this month.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh told the al-Hayat Arabic-language newspaper in an interview published Sunday that security forces were in contact with the other fugitives and negotiating their surrender.

The prison escape was a major embarrassment for authorities battling Islamic militants, and raised questions among Yemen's Western allies about the country's security measures.

Among the escapees were leaders of the 2000 bombing of the U.S. warship Cole and the 2002 attack on the French supertanker Limburg.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.