S. Yemen separatists kidnap army colonel, soldiers

ADEN, Yemen (AA) – A shadowy group from southern Yemen's Lahij province said on Sunday that it had kidnapped an army colonel and ten soldiers.

The so-called "Southern Popular Resistance" said in a statement that it had "detained" Col. Radwan al-Zamari, the commander of an army camp in the province, as well as ten soldiers when they were at a checkpoint in Lahij's Al-Malah district.

It added that it would free the colonel and the soldiers only when the Yemeni army evacuates the camp for it.

The Yemeni army leadership was not immediately available for comment.

Some parts of Lahij, including Radfan district, have been the sites of fierce clashes between the Yemeni army and separatists in recent weeks after the latter moved to seize army camps in the province in the wake of a government takeover in capital Sanaa by the Shiite Houthi group.

Yemen has remained in turmoil since a popular uprising in 2011 ultimately led to the ouster of autocratic President Ali Abdullah Saleh one year later.

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