Yemeni officials: Al-Qaida militants seize army base in south, at least 4 troops killed

February 12, 2015 8:15 AM

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SANAA, Yemen – Yemeni military officials say al-Qaida militants have seized control of an important army base in the south following clashes with soldiers.

The officials say at least four troops and four militants died in the fighting and that at least 15 soldiers were taken hostage. The base is home to Yemen's 19th Infantry Brigade and is located in the Baihan area in southern Shabwa province.

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