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Yemen 'catches al-Qaeda fugitive'
Twenty-three militants escaped in February - nine have been recaptured
Twenty-three militants escaped in February - nine have been recaptured
Yemeni forces have arrested one of the leading al-Qaeda militants who escaped from a prison in Sanaa in February, a state-run newspaper has reported.

The 26 September newspaper identified the man on Thursday as Abdullah Ahmad al-Raymi.

Raymi, who had been serving a prison sentence for terrorist offences, was arrested in the province of Marib.

Raymi is the ninth man to be taken back into custody out of a group of 23 who escaped from the prison.

The men dug a 140m (460 ft) tunnel from the jail to a nearby mosque, and escaped as worshipers left after prayers.

Those who escaped, at least 13 of whom are linked to al-Qaeda, include a man said to have masterminded the 2000 attack on the destroyer USS Cole.

Another was linked to an attack in 2002 on the French tanker Limburg.

Seventeen US sailors were killed when two suicide bombers blew themselves up on an inflatable raft moored next to USS Cole in the southern Yemeni port of Aden in October 2000.

In October 2002, the Limburg was attacked off Yemen's south-eastern coast. An explosion killed one Bulgarian crew member and wounded 12 others.


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