Yemen government allowing al Qaeda wins: Officials

A Yemeni army colonel and a local official have accused the central govt of allowing al Qaeda-linked militants to exploit the country`s turmoil.

Updated: Jul 02, 2011, 21:26 PM IST

Sanaa: A Yemeni army colonel and a local
official are accusing the weak central government of allowing
al Qaeda-linked militants to exploit the country`s turmoil and
overrun entire swaths of land in the volatile south.

They say the aim is to show the west what Yemen would
look like if wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh were to
relinquish power as opposition protesters have demanded for
months.

Col Mohammed al-Samwali on Saturday accused the Defence
Ministry of intentionally hesitating to send reinforcements
and supplies to his unit, which is battling al Qaeda-linked
Ansar al-Sharia group that seized the Abyan provincial
capital, Zinjibar.

Abyan official Abdel-Majed al-Salahi claimed the
government plans to let "at least five southern cities fall
into the hands of extremists."

PTI