Al-Qaida Force In Yemen Hits Port City; Miles Away, Fighting Rages In Aden

April 2, 2015 11:36 AM

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As violence continues elsewhere in Yemen, al-Qaida has laid siege to a coastal city in the country's southeast, asserting control over key facilities in the port city of al-Mukallah. The move comes as Houthis clash with a Saudi-led campaign that centers on another key city, Aden.

"The extremist group broke out 300 people from the central prison in al-Mukallah, looted the building and killed two prison guards. They also looted the bank and government buildings and have set up checkpoints throughout the city, residents and a security official say.

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