SANAA, Yemen — Yemeni security officials say police have fired tear gas to quell a prison riot by inmates held on terrorism charges in the capital, leaving at least three in critical condition.
The officials said dozens of inmates linked to al-Qaeda refused to return to their cells early today, chanting and scuffling with the prison guards. Police fired their weapons into the air and lobbed gas in response. The officials said at least nine inmates were wounded, including three critically.
A security official said troops deployed outside the prison in Sanaa, fearing militants could use the commotion to storm it. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.