Southern Yemeni capital under control of al-Qa'ida fighters
Published 30/05/2011 | 05:00
AL-QA'IDA fighters have taken control of a provincial capital in southern Yemen, heightening fears that the crisis is playing into the hands of the terrorist group.
Residents of Zinjibar, a coastal town home to about 18,000 people, said that 200 masked Islamist militants, some of them members of al-Qa'ida in the Arab Peninsula, or AQAP, launched an attack that began on Friday afternoon.
The fighters were accused of pillaging the town, burning down buildings and launching violent reprisals that left corpses in the dusty streets. (© Daily Telegraph, London)