facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Prisoner deal ends Yemeni town occupation

Jan. 25, 2012 at 3:32 PM   |   Comments

SANAA, Yemen, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Suspected al-Qaida militants ended their occupation of a town in Yemen in exchange for three prisoners, officials said Wednesday.

The town of Radda, about 100 miles southeast of Sanaa, the capital, had been occupied for almost two weeks, CNN reported. Militants opened the jail, occupied government offices and mosques, and said they would impose Shariah law.

Residents said they fear another occupation.

"They were here for 12 days. They controlled everything and the government did nothing to help us," Ali al-Shuqaidi told CNN. "What guarantees do the people have that this won't happen again? We can't live normally if we have no government assurances."

Yahya al-Arasi, an aide to Vice President Abduraba Hadi, said the prisoner release came after four days of negotiations. He said the occupiers originally demanded 16 prisoners.

One of the released prisoners was the brother of the occupiers' leader.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Stratosphere crash driver commits suicide Stratosphere crash driver commits suicide
2
Kentucky firefighter injured in ice bucket challenge dies Kentucky firefighter injured in ice bucket challenge dies
3
Syrian Al Qaida group executes Lebanese soldier Syrian Al Qaida group executes Lebanese soldier
4
Sister shoots and kills brother to protect father Sister shoots and kills brother to protect father
5
New York buses will feature anti-Islam ads depicting James Foley New York buses will feature anti-Islam ads depicting James Foley
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback