Abducted soldiers killed in Yemen

2014-08-08 22:48:05 | Al Muslim News
Abducted soldiers killed in Yemen

 

Al-Qaeda inspired gunmen have kidnapped and killed 14 Yemeni soldiers returning home from duty, local officials and residents say. Residents found the bodies of the men riddled with bullets on a road near the city of Seiyoun in Hadramout province, three hours after they were abducted from a public bus on Friday. "An incident like this is for sure the work of al-Qaeda," a local official, who declined to be identified, told Reuters news agency. Yemeni security have killed at least 25 suspected fighters in a series of confrontations in the Wadi Hadramout area in the past week, including seven killed on Thursday when they tried to attack an army facility. President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has recently ordered extra troops to the area after the fighters distributed leaflets suggesting they wanted to declare an Islamic emirate in Seiyoun and ordered women not to go out without a male guardian. Local officials and residents said the soldiers killed had been travelling to visit families in Sanaa. "It looks as if it was an act of revenge," an official said. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), emboldened by a power vacuum in the political turmoil following a 2011 uprising that ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, is trying to carve out areas of dominance in south and east Yemen. Friday's attack follows recent gains by the army against the fighters, who have been trying to consolidate their control over the volatile Wadi Hadramout area of eastern Yemen..

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