Yemen tribesmen kill 13 Qaeda fighters

The militants had reemerged during the night and sought to take control of public buildings


Afp February 04, 2017
Armed Yemeni tribesmen, supporting forces loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed President, fire from an armoured vehicle in the area of Sirwah west of Marib city, on November 8, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

ADEN: Yemeni tribesmen on Saturday killed 13 Al-Qaeda fighters who had slipped back into a southern town hours after pulling out in the face of street protests, a security official said.

The militants had reemerged during the night and sought to take control of public buildings in the Abyan province town of Loder, the official said.

They met with fierce resistance from armed residents and withdrew after gun battles lasting two hours.

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Loder was one of three towns in Abyan province that Al-Qaeda fighters entered on Thursday. They withdrew from two of them on Friday in the face of warnings of resistance from local tribes.

Yemen's powerful and heavily armed tribes play a leading role in the country's politics and frequently determine local allegiances.

Al-Qaeda has taken advantage of nearly two years of fighting between government forces and Shia rebels who control the capital Sanaa to entrench its presence in swathes of the south.

But its freedom to operate is constrained by the need to negotiate shifting tribal loyalties.

COMMENTS (1)

Ch. K. A. Nye | 4 years ago | Reply And the KSA are still trying to pulverise Yemen. Protecting their own??
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