Al Qaeda Prison Escapee Surrenders

One of 23 Al Qaeda convicts who escaped from a Yemeni prison in February has surrendered, a news agency reported Sunday.

Hazam Saleh Majali turned himself in to authorities within the past two days, according to Yemen's official Saba news agency.

The Yemeni was convicted of having a role in the 2002 attack on the French tanker Limburg and sentenced to death.

Majli was the sixth from the group of 23 to have surrendered, the agency said.

The prisoners broke out on Feb. 3 through a roughly 200-yard tunnel that ended inside a mosque. Among those at large is a militant convicted in the 2000 attack on the destroyer USS Cole in Aden's harbor.

Security officials said authorities were in indirect contact with the remaining fugitives and trying to persuade them to surrender.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media, said tribal leaders and Muslim clerics were the intermediaries. The officials did not provide further details.

Security officials said investigations into the prison break had found evidence that three people were bribed to facilitate the escape.

Authorities had offered a reward of $27,800 for information leading to the arrest of any of the fugitives.