Some 30 prisoners escaped after a bomb blast at a prison in southern Yemen on Thursday, police said. According to AFP, they said a dispute broke out at a police post next to the jail between policemen and sympathisers of the breakaway movement arrested for having taken part in a protest in Daleh, 280 kilometres from Sanaa.
The detained protesters hurled a bomb, according to police, who said two policemen and three of the demonstrators were hurt. About 30 of those just arrested managed to escape in the mayhem.
Members of the movement for the independence of south Yemen told AFP the bomb was thrown by police.
Elsewhere on Thursday, police shot dead one protester and injured five others in the nearby city of Radfan as they opened fire to disperse a demonstration led by southern separatists. Witnesses said the demonstrators, some of whom were armed, carried flags of the former South Yemen.