Yemen Observer: http://www.yobserver.com
Written By: A. Fattah Haidarah
Article Date: Sep 18, 2010 - 6:11:18 PM
Militants from the Southern movement went out last Thursday in an armed march toward Lawdar district, Abyan province, local News Yemen website reported.
The group, estimated at 50 militants, were armed with Kalashnikovs and encountered police forces, but there was no confrontation.
A number of the Southern movement’s leaders are said to have taken part in the march, including Aidarous Aqeer, the Movement’s media official in Lawdar, and Zohrah al-Ba’adani, another one of the Movement’s leaders. Ms. al-Ba’adani had earlier accused Vice-President Abdo Rabo Mansoor Hadi, presidential political advisor Salem Saleh Mohammed, and Prime Minister Ali Mujawar of supporting the Southern Movement.
A security official said that the Movement’s march was an attempt to expel military and security personnel from the Lawdar district and to keep al-Qaeda militants there. He described the Southern Movement and al-Qaeda as two sides of the same coin. The same source said that al-Qaeda group in Yemen is the military wing of the Southern Movement and that there is no difference between them.