Terrorists with al-Qaida stormed into a southeastern Yemen prison on Thursday, freeing roughly 300 inmates, including one of their leaders.
Two prison guards and five prisoners were killed during the attack, the Economic Times reported.
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Agence France-Presse reported the freed al-Qaida leader, Khalid Batarfi, was a senior member of the terror organization and had spent the last four years at the facility.
He's a well-known commander, credited by terror group members with leading the attack on Yemen's government in 2011 and seizing, over a months-long campaign, huge swaths of land in the south and east.
Al-Qaida members also fought along property bordering a presidential palace in Mukalla, seizing a local radio station headquarters and interrupting broadcasts, NDTV reported.