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Prisoners escape from Yemen jail

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Dozens of inmates have escaped from a Yemeni jail after a bomb went off in the prison, causing chaos, reports say.

The escape occurred from a prison in Daleh province of southern Yemen.

At least four inmates were wounded and 30 more escaped in the mayhem immediately following the blast, unnamed police sources told reporters.

The Yemeni government in Sanaa has been cracking down on separatists in southern Yemen who want the country to be split.

Southern separatists say their region - a separate country before 1990 - is being exploited by northern Yemen.

A truce with another rebel group in the north has allowed the government in Sanaa to turn its attention to the secessionists.

Yemen President Ali Abdallah Saleh has offered talks with the separatist movement, but said the "separatist flag will burn" if the talks were rejected.

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