Report: Yemen's al-Qaida extends operations in south

July 9, 2011 15:16

DUBAI - Yemen's al-Qaida wing has stepped up operations in the southern flashpoint province of Abyan, its embassy in the United States said, taking advantage of a power vacuum as a rights group accused forces of unlawful killings.

US-based group Human Rights Watch said in a statement on Saturday that Yemeni forces may have killed dozens of civilians in unlawful attacks while fighting an Islamist armed group in the southern province of Abyan since May 2011.

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