Abyan Explosion Kills Scores
An explosion resulted in the death of dozens of people and the injury of a greater number at the “7th of October” ammunition factory in Ja’ar, Abyan governorate by armed men believed to be members of Al Qaeda, last Sunday in South Yemen.
Local sources said that after the armed group took control over the factory, they looted ammunition and left some gunpowder and left to parts unknown.
The next day, a group of local youths were reportedly rummaging through the abandoned factory and set off a series of explosions.
According to Nasr al-Masoudy, a local official, armed men also controlled the presidential palace in Abyan governorate without confrontations with security forces.
President Saleh in a meeting of the standing committee of the GPC has accused the JMP blocs of conspiring with the Huthis and Al-Qaeda.
He also said that the JMP is the reason behind directing the governorates out of the state’s control.
He added that al-Qaeda elements seized another ammunitions factory in Khanfar area in Abyan and others attacked sights in Lawdar province and killed six people last Sunday and Monday morning they attacked a military check point in Marib resulting in the death of seven soldiers and the injury of another seven.
President Saleh called upon the people to stand next to the local authorities and security forces and form committees to secure the neighborhoods to confront the protests demanding the fall of the regime; he also called standing committee members to exist in and to undertake its role in the community