By Nasser Arrabyee/27/05/2011
Al Qaeda militants announced Friday their control on a Yemeni city after they clashed and defeated the security forces of the city, local residents said.
Using loudspeakers, gunmen on board of a car were roaming in the city of Zinjubar late afternoon Friday saying “ We declare that Zinjubar fell in the hands of Mujahideen after it was liberated from the agents of the Americans.”
Five soldiers at least were killed when about 50 gunmen believed to be Al Qaeda members attacked the city of Zinjubar, the capital of the southern province of Abyan, local residents, and security sources said.
Eyewitnesses from local residents said that the militants were using five cars to move from place to place inside the city freely and without any fear.
The Al Qaeda militants plundered three local banks and occupied three security offices after they gave local residents three-hour ultimatum to leave their houses which were close to those offices.
Earlier in the year, Al Qaeda in the same province of Abyan, declared the town of Ja’ar as an Islamist State after they forced the government security forces to leave the town.