Ansar Al-Shariah denies execution of captured soldiers
The group that controls on Zinjibar and Jaar in Abyan province said in a text message sent to journalists’ phones that the reports of execution were groundless, denying any military attacks on Tuesday morning.
News reports said that Al-Qaeda operatives executed a number of soldiers who were captured in the battle of Dofas on March 4th, but the organization denied that.
In return for freeing the soldiers who were captured in the surprise attack against an army outpost in Dofas, Ansar Al-Sharia demands the release of jihadists imprisoned in government jails.
Media sources said that at least six operatives of Ansar Al-Sharia were killed during bombardment by the Yemeni army on the outskirts of Zinjibar last Sunday.
On Monday morning, Asnar Al-Shairah claimed responsibility for a mortar attack on a military camp, Badar, in the Khoor Miksoor section of Aden, but military sources said that the shelling caused no damages.
The group, which claims affiliation to Al-Qaeda, attacked a military barrack in the Al-Haroor area to the north of Jaar last Saturday, killing a number of soldiers.
While no military source commented on the casualties, the group claimed it killed thirty soldiers.
The fighters took over a number of pieces of military equipment during the attacks on Al-Haroor barracks, but warplanes destroyed some of them and recaptured the position.
In Azzan of Shabwa, east Yemen captured by the AnsarAl-Sharia militants, the group claimed responsibility for blowing up an oil pipeline in Mafrq Al-Saeed last Sunday, citing that the attack was revenge for air strikes that day which targeted the militants.
Militants of the organization prevented engineers from repairing the pipeline, firing on them, and one driver was wounded.