Prison Clashes In Yemen Allow 1,200 Inmates To Escape

SANAA, June 30 (Reuters) - Around 1,200 prisoners escaped during clashes at a jail in central Yemen on Tuesday, among them al Qaeda suspects, officials and security sources said.

"Groups of al Qaeda supporters ... today attacked the central prison in the city of Taiz and more than 1,200 of the dangerous prisoners escaped," state news agency Saba quoted a security official as saying.

Another local official told Reuters some of the escapees were "suspected of belonging to al Qaeda" but said they left amid heavy clashes between warring militias in the city. (Reporting By Mohammed Ghobari and Ali Abdelaty; Writing by Noah Browning; Editing by Janet Lawrence)