Al Qaeda militants quit south Yemen town of Jaar, still in Zinjibar - residents

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  • Thursday, 03 Dec 2015

ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Al Qaeda militants who fought their way into the southern Yemeni town of Jaar on Wednesday have withdrawn and police are back in control, although the Islamist fighters remain in the nearby town of Zinjibar, residents said on Thursday.

The militants, who belong to a local affiliate of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) known as Ansar al-Sharia, took over Jaar in an early morning surprise attack, exploiting the collapse of central authority in Yemen's civil war.

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