Yemen leader accused of allowing Islamist takeover
SANAA, Yemen Hundreds of Islamic militants cemented control over a town in southern Yemen on Sunday, even seizing army tanks, military officials said, while opponents of the president accused him of allowing the takeover to spread fears his ouster would deliver the country to Islamic Groups ?
He wants to ... confirm his false claims that if he gives up power, the homeland will be destroyed," Elewa said.
Hundreds of Islamic militants stormed Zinjibar, a small town of more than 20,000 people near the shores of the Gulf of Aden, on Friday, seizing a number of banks and government offices.
Military officials said the militants extended their control starting late Saturday night, capturing six army tanks and several armored cars after the governor, the security chief and the commander of a local army brigade withdrew.
Other army units clashed with the militants around the town Sunday, shelling it from the outskirts and forcing terrified residents to flee or cower in their homes.
Medical and military officials said eight civilians and 18 soldiers have been killed since Saturday. Scores more have been injured. ...more