Huge death toll doubles in Yemen 'slaughter'
Yemeni soldiers gather at the site where two suicide bombers blew up a vehicle at an elite Republican Guard camp in Bayda.
March 6th, 2012
09:17 AM ET

Huge death toll doubles in Yemen 'slaughter'

The death toll from a sophisticated attack by Islamic extremists against soldiers in Yemen jumped to 177 Tuesday, three Yemeni security officials told CNN.

Air raids on militant positions since the attack have left at least 42 militants dead in Abyan province, security officials said.

The attack Sunday at an army base by Ansar al-Sharia, which is allied with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), originally claimed the lives of 90 soldiers and wounded many others.

It "illustrates AQAP's complete disregard for human life," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement.

She vowed that the United States will continue to support Yemen's new President Abdurabu Hadi "and the Yemeni people as they work to realize their aspirations for a brighter and more prosperous future."

The attack was a humiliating defeat to Yemen's army in a power struggle against AQAP.

The militants seized large amounts of weaponry - including rocket launchers, mortars, armored vehicles, and tanks - and appeared to have had help from within the security apparatus, according to Yemeni officials.

The bloodbath took place near Zinjibar, a town on the Arabian Sea where Ansar al-Sharia has been active for nearly a year.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. George Patton

    Kill them, kill them all.

    March 6, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Well typical george patton remark! Why not just wipe out the whole hunan race while youre at it?

    March 6, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. SAVIOR

    World at war

    March 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. fernace

    I naively thought after the ousting of Saleh & induction of a new president & regime, the fighting would cease in Yemen! Seems it's actually escalating! I support whatever humanitarian efforts we & the world community are providing to the Yemeni peoples, but we don't need to take part in any "war like" efforts, just as we don't in Syria! Americans have had it up to here w/wars we have no business fighting, that leaves our nation broke & our own citizens in dire straits! Moderation & logic, please!!

    March 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fernace

    I naively thought after the ousting of Saleh & induction of a new president & regime, the fighting would cease in Yemen! Seems it's actually escalating! I support whatever humanitarian efforts we & the world community are providing to the Yemeni peoples, but we don't need to take part in any "war like" efforts, just as we don't in Syria! Americans have had it up to here w/wars we have no business fighting, that leaves our nation broke & our own citizens in dire straits! Moderation & logic, please!! Ps. sorry 'bout duplicate, 1st post got lost in the ether, so had to send this 1 thru!

    March 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |