Following an Al Qaeda attack on a prison in the Yemeni city of Mukallah, convicted Somali pirates were freed and now Garowe Online reports that the Somali Pirates have arrived back in Puntland.
On Saturday afternoon, Mahdi Isse, Speaking on VOA Somali Service said he was serving a sentence in the prison after he was convicted of taking part in high sea crime off the coast of Somalia.
According to Garowe Online, Isse said he was among 45 Somali inmates held for various crimes, and had been informed about the attack in advance. “We were informed that the prison will be attacked, once the assault commenced, we managed to escape,” Isse reportedly said.
Somali pirates have long been jailed in Yemen, however, no independent sources confirmed the exact number of pirates set free in Al Qaeda operation.
Garowe Online added that a coalition of ten countries with Saudi Arabia at the forefront wants to contain the spread of Shiite militias, Houthis, who gained ground against forces loyal to the US-backed Yemeni President Abdu Rabbuh Mansour Hadi. On April 1, Somali refugees began returning home from Yemen which shares strategic maritime boundary with the East African country.(Source: Garowe Online)