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30 Yemenis Killed in Al-Qaeda Attack on the City of Seyoun

May 24, 2014

Army soldiers stand near the ruins of a police barracks which was bombed by al Qaeda insurgents in al-Mahfad, southern Yemeni province of Abyan May 23, 2014


Al-Masdar Online reported that Al-Qaeda fighters killed 12 soldiers and injured 11, in their attacks against police and army headquarters in the Yemeni city of Seyoun. It also reported that 15 Al-Qaeda members were killed in the attacks which took place on Friday before the withdrawal of the fighters from the city on early Saturday (see the Arabic report below). 


Al Qaeda gunmen storm Yemeni city, 30 people killed

By Mohammed Mukhashaf and Mohamed Ghobari

ADEN, Yemen

Sat May 24, 2014 6:52am EDT

(Reuters) -

At least 30 people were killed in an overnight raid by gunmen on a city in southeastern Yemen, residents and a local official said on Saturday, as al Qaeda continues its fightback against a government offensive in the country.

Armed with rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and explosives, attackers drove in from the surrounding desert on 15 pickup trucks into Seyoun after detonating a car bomb at the entrance to the city in Hadramout province.

Al Qaeda has carried out many hit-and-run attacks since the Yemeni army drove it from its southern strongholds in Abyan and Shabwa provinces last month.

The West is concerned the group could use Yemen, which borders major oil producer Saudi Arabia, as a base for international attacks.

The militants targeted at least seven locations, including the main military posts, the local police headquarters, bank branches and the airport.

Calling the raid a "treacherous terrorist act", the commander of the local military division said the army had regained control of the city.

Major General Mohammed al-Somla said a number of people had been killed and wounded during the attack on his base and other locations.

The army had driven attackers out of the city and was using warplanes, he said in a statement on the Defence Ministry website.

A local official, who asked not to be identified, said 20 attackers and 10 members of the security services were killed in the fighting.

"They wanted to capture the city and control it," the official told Reuters.


Residents said the city's electricity supply was cut during the attack and they heard explosions and gunfire throughout the night. The militants briefly captured some buildings before withdrawing early on Saturday.

Local officials said they suspected the attack was led by Jalal Balaidi, a senior al Qaeda figure in the region.

Hadramout province stretches from the port of Mukalla in the south to the Saudi border, through arid valleys and empty desert, landscape al Qaeda uses to its advantage across the Middle East.

A regional website, Al-Mukalla Al-Yawm, said the attackers were wearing Yemeni army uniforms. It said that dozens of casualties were taken to local hospitals.

A U.S. ally, with a population of 25 million, Yemen is trying to end three years of political unrest, which began when mass protests erupted in 2011 against Ali Abdullah Saleh, the president of 33 years, who stepped down.

Apart from the fight against al Qaeda, the government faces a push by southern separatists for independence and battles with rebels from the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi movement, which is trying to extend its control over the north.

(Writing by Sami Aboudi and Sylvia Westall; Editing by Robin Pomeroy and Lynne O'Donnell)


مصدر عسكري: مقتل 15 من عناصر القاعدة بينهم سعوديان في سيئون


قالت وزارة الدفاع اليمنية إن 15 من عناصر تنظيم القاعدة قتلوا في المواجهات التي وقعت مساء الجمعة في مدينة سيئون بمحافظة حضرموت شرق البلاد.


ونقل موقع وزارة الدفاع عن مصدر عسكري في المنطقة العسكرية الأولى قوله أن 15 من تنظيم القاعدة بينهما سعوديان قتلوا في الهجوم الذي استهدف مواقع أمنية وحكومية بسيئون مساء الجمعة.


وبحسب المصدر فالسعوديان الذين لقيا مصرعهم يدعيان "فيصل العفيفي، فواز الحربي".


وكانت اللجنة الامنية بمحافظة حضرموت كشفت اليوم عن مقتل 12 جنديا وجرح 11 آخرين في الهجوم الذي شنه مسلحون من تنظيم القاعدة على مقار أمنية في مدينة سيئون ثاني أكبر مدينة في حضرموت.


وكان المسلحون سيطروا على مقار قيادة المنطقة العسكرية الأولى والاستخبارات العسكرية وجهاز الأمن القومي والمجمع الحكومي والأمن العام وشرطة السير وقوات الأمن الخاصة (الأمن المركزي سابقاً) وشرطة الدوريات وأمن الطرق (النجدة سابقاً) لفترة قصيرة قبل أن ينسحبوا في وقت مبكر من صباح اليوم السبت.


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