7 killed as Al-Qaeda seizes south Yemen army camp
13 February 2015, Nirapad News: Al-Qaeda militants overran an army camp in southern Yemen Thursday following clashes that killed at least seven people, a local government official said.
The militants seized the camp of the 19th Infantry Brigade in Baihan, a town in southern Shabwa province, the official said, adding that three soldiers were among those killed.
Ansar al-Sharia, the main arm of Al-Qaeda in Yemen, claimed the attack in a statement on Twitter, accusing troops at the camp of links to the Shiite Huthi militia controlling the capital. It published pictures of its militants raising the black and white flag of Al-Qaeda at the camp entrance, as well as pictures of soldiers it claimed to have captured.
Tribal sources said the militants seized “dozens” of soldiers and took their weapons, but freed them following tribal mediation. The tribes are demanding Al-Qaeda hands over the arms.
The attack came a day after the United States, Britain and France announced the closure of their embassies in Sanaa, citing security fears after the Huthis took power in the capital.