Yemen al-Qaida wing calls on army to rapidly withdraw from Abyan: statement
Yemen-based al-Qaida wing called on the Yemeni government troops to quickly withdraw from the southern province of Abyan or they will face al-Qaida's ready suicide squads to demolish them, in a warning statement broadcasted on Friday through local state radio they seized last week, Xinhua reported.
"Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) broadcasted their statement at 1:30 p.m. local time (1030 GMT), Friday, through the local state radio station they seized last week in the southern troubled province of Abyan," a provincial official told Xinhua by phone.
The official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity that the AQAP said "we call for the Yemeni government army to immediately pull out its units from our land, the Islamic Emirate, within one hour, otherwise our suicide squads are ready to kill them all."
The official said the militants of AQAP turned on the Abyan radio station since last night, in which they broadcasted various readings of the Koran till Friday morning.