Mar 7, 2012

Death-toll from massacre in Yemen rises to 177

Posted by The Extinction Protocol
March 6, 2012 – YEMEN - The death toll from a sophisticated attack by Islamic extremists against soldiers in Yemen jumped to 177 Tuesday, three Yemeni security officials told CNN. Air raids on militant positions since the attack have left at least 42 militants dead in Abyan province, security officials said. The attack Sunday at an army base by Ansar al-Sharia, which is allied with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), originally claimed the lives of 90 soldiers and wounded many others. It “illustrates AQAP’s complete disregard for human life,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement. She vowed that the United States will continue to support Yemen’s new President Abdurabu Hadi “and the Yemeni people as they work to realize their aspirations for a brighter and more prosperous future.” Yemen poverty challenges new president The attack was a humiliating defeat to Yemen’s army in a power struggle against AQAP. The militants seized large amounts of weaponry — including rocket launchers, mortars, armored vehicles, and tanks — and appeared to have had help from within the security apparatus, according to Yemeni officials. The bloodbath took place near Zinjibar, a town on the Arabian Sea where Ansar al-Sharia has been active for nearly a year. One Yemeni official, who declined to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said militants began attacking an army base from the east, drawing the fire of troops, and then began attacking from the other side of the base. The “reinforcement response was too slow,” he said, adding that was partly because of sandstorms in the area. “Troops were basically slaughtered by the militants. The attacks happened so suddenly; and this time they were more organized than we expected,” one senior security official told CNN. On Monday, more attacks took place. –CNN