First Published: 2012-11-10

 

Pro-army militia clashes with Qaeda-linked tribe in Yemen

 

Two aides to tribal chief with alleged Qaeda links were killed in clash with pro-army militiamen in troubled Abyan province.

 

Middle East Online

Militiamen want warlord to turn himself in to police

ADEN - Two aides to a tribal chief with alleged Al-Qaeda links were killed in a clash with pro-army militiamen in the troubled southern province of Abyan on Saturday, a local militia official said.

"Two aides of (Tareq al-Fadhli) were killed and another man was wounded" when the militiamen fired on Fadhli's house in Abyan's capital Zinjibar, the official said on condition of anonymity.

On November 5, hundreds of the militiamen, known as the Popular Resistance Committees and who fought alongside the Yemeni army to oust Al-Qaeda from southern towns last May, surrounded Fadhli's home.

They want the known warlord, who has fought in Afghanistan, to turn himself in to the police.

Last week, tribal chief Hussein al-Waheshi said the local security committee agreed that Fadhli should "surrender to the public prosecutor who issued an arrest warrant last month over threats to kill leaders of the (southern) Socialist Party."

The militiamen threatened to storm the house if he refused to surrender.

The militia official said Saturday that tribal mediators had secured an agreement "for (Fadhli's) departure from Zinjibar" to the nearby southern port city of Aden, but did not specify if he planned to surrender.

Al-Qaeda militants took advantage of the weakness of Yemen's central government during an uprising last year against now ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh to seize large swathes of territory in the south, including Zinjibar and other Abyan towns.

But after a month-long offensive in May launched by Yemeni troops, most militants fled to more lawless desert regions of the east.

 

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