By Fakhri al-Arashi
The clashes between Al-Qaeda and civil armed loyalist to the government continue in Zinjibar and Lauder in Abyen governorate. As a result, more than 200 were killed in the past five days from the two parties in hardest clashes since Al-Qeada announced Lauder an Islamic state.
The clashes continued to reach Modya’a near Lauder district and killed more than 23 people, a local source said. 20 of them are suspected to be affiliated with Al-Qaeda. Lauder locates 150km east north of Zinjibar the capital.
Al-Qaida briefly seized Lauder in August 2010 before being driven out by the army, while armed men from the Assal tribe also ejected the militants from Moudia.
A tribal source said the militants wanted to recapture it because of its strategic location between Shabwa, al-Bayda and Lahij provinces where Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, is also active.
Abyan has fallen completely under the control of the terror network except for Lauder and Modia.
The United States considers the Yemen-based AQAP to be the most deadly and active branch of the global terror network.