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7 killed, inmates escape in assault on Yemeni prison

By Hakim Almasmari, CNN
updated 2:07 PM EST, Thu February 13, 2014

Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) -- At least seven people were killed and several inmates escaped Thursday when militants attacked a prison in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, the Yemeni Interior Ministry announced.

The ministry said an explosive-laden vehicle was used in the assault on the Central Security Prison. Clashes between militants and security forces occurred near the prison gates for more than a half hour.

Eyewitnesses told CNN at least seven strong explosions occurred within the first minute of the attack, shaking the prison buildings and forcing a shutdown of the facility. At least two other people were injured.