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Army regains control of southern city after days of heavy fighting

Yemen army gradually retaking Loder
Yemen army gradually retaking Loder AFP
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Yemen's army is regaining control of the embattled southern city of Loder after days of fighting with alleged Al-Qaeda rebels. Violence broke out on Friday in the southern province of Abyan, killing 33 people. 

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An official says Yemeni forces were able to enter the city of Loder and impose control after most of the Al-Qaeda fighters fled. The dead included four Al-Qaeda rebels and three civilians.

Civilians had left the city in the wake of an army seige when the clashes began on Friday.

The interior minister says that a search of homes in the city where the rebels were barricaded found a large stash of weapons, including rockets and anti-tank weapons.

In a separate incident, masked gunmen attacked the criminal investigations building in Zinjibar, another town in Abyan province, on Tuesday. No casualties were reported.

Largely tribal Yemen is the ancestral homeland of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

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