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Islamist Gunmen Take Over Southern Yemeni City of Zanjibar

Islamist gunmen have occupied government buildings in the Yemeni coastal city of Zanjibar, amid claims that groups such as al-Qaeda are exploiting unrest caused by anti-government protests.

There are conflicting reports on the affiliation of the gunmen. Tarek al-Shami, who heads the information department at the ruling General People’s Congress, said the gunmen were al-Qaeda fighters who wrested control of the facilities in a gun battle with Yemeni troops yesterday.