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Al-Qaeda takes Yemeni city of Zanjibar

05-30-2011 14:04 BJT

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Yemen's al-Qaeda has issued a statement, saying the group has occupied Zan-ji-bar, and claims it as the capital of the Islamic Emirates it's established in South Yemen.

Local residents in Zan-ji-bar say about 300 Islamic militants and al-Qaeda elements in the Arabian Peninsula have taken over all government facilities and control a large area of the city. They say at least 16 were killed in two days of fighting between militants and government security forces.

Zan-ji-bar lies 400 kilometers southeast of the Yemeni capital Sanaa. It's a stronghold for Al-Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula, and has been wracked by violence amid protests to end president Ali Abdullah Saleh's 33-year's rule. Yemen's opposition has criticized the embattled president for not taking action after Zan-ji-bar was occupied.

Yemen's al-Qaeda has issued a statement, saying the group has occupied Zan-ji-bar, and claims it as the capital of the Islamic Emirates it's established in South Yemen.

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Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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