Al-Qaida seizes base in Yemen

Al-Qaida militants overran an army base in southern Yemen on Sunday, capturing heavy weapons and turning them on soldiers in intense clashes that left 61 dead, a military official said.

The battle near the town of Zinjibar in the southern province of Abyan killed 36 government troops and 25 of the militants, the military official said. A medical official confirmed the death toll. Scores were wounded on both sides, they said, speaking on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Militants seized control of Zinjibar in May, taking advantage of political turmoil linked to the uprising against then-President Ali Abdullah Saleh.


Posted on March 5, 2012, in Al Qaeda, Yemen and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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