Yemen's president is quoted in a newspaper today as saying that three Al Qaeda convicts who were among two dozen who escaped more than three weeks ago have turned themselves in.

The president tells the pan-Arab Al Hayat newspaper that three Al Qaeda escapees have surrendered and that the remaining 20 remain in Yemen. He says some of them are in touch with authorities.

The 23 Al Qaeda convicts, who were all kept in the same cell, tunneled out of a high-security jail February 3rd.

The fugitives include a man convicted of the 2000 attack on the destroyer USS Cole and another convicted in the 2002 attack on the French oil tanker Limburg.

Yemen's president says the escape was caused by negligence "and perhaps collusion by prison guards."