20 Yemen's Ansarullah killed in al-Qaeda Attack

20 Yemen's Ansarullah killed in al-Qaeda Attack
Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:50:04

At least 20 Yemen Ansarullah members were killed in clashes with Al-Qaeda militants and a car bombing in Yemen's central town of Rada, tribal sources said Monday.

Al-Qaeda terrorists overnight blew up a vehicle parked near a house where the Ansarullah members were gathered in Rada, the sources said, adding that 12 Ansarullah members had also been captured in clashes, AFP reports.

Rada was rocked by heavy explosions late on Sunday amid fierce fighting between Al-Qaeda and the Ansarullah, tribal and security sources said.

"Following the explosions, Al-Qaeda fighters attacked the Ansarullah, deployed northeast of Rada and along a road" connecting the town in Baida province to neighbouring Dhamar, a Shiite-populated province took on the control of Ansarullah last week, a tribal official said.

Yemen’s Ansarullah fighters and al-Qaeda-linked militants have signed a peace agreement aimed at ending the deadly violence in the country’s central province of Ibb On Saturday.

The second pact signed after their earlier pact was interrupted by deadly clashes.Under the new agreement, all Ansarullah fighters from Ibb should be allowed to safely withdraw from Ibb, situated 194 kilometers south of the capital, Sana’a.

The first ceasefire deal, which was signed on Friday, was soon violated after the conflicting sides engaged in fierce fighting in Ibb on Saturday morning. Some 16 people were killed in the clashes.

On October 15, Ansarullah fighters entered Ibb onboard dozens of armored vehicles, and set up security checkpoints there.

Houthi fighters also took control of the strategic town of Rada’ in the central province of al-Bayda on Friday. Al-Qaeda-linked militants were controlling the town for nearly two years.

In September, Ansarullah revolutionary fighters gained control over Sana’a following a four-day battle with army forces loyal to General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, the half-brother of former dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The Ansarullah movement played a major role in the popular uprising that forced Saleh to step down after more than 33 years in power.Yemen has been facing threats from al-Qaeda-linked militants, as well as a separatist movement in the country’s southern region.

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