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Houthis abduct 44 tribesmen in northern Yemen

Armed Houthi militants kidnapped 44 Arhab tribesmen over the week and took them to undisclosed locations, a tribal source told The Anadolu Agency

21.12.2014
Houthis abduct 44 tribesmen in northern Yemen

SANAA

Members of Shiite Houthi militant group abducted 44 people from the tribe of Arhab over the past week in a northern Yemeni district that bears the tribe's name, tribal sources said on Sunday.

"Armed Houthi militants kidnapped 44 Arhab tribesmen over the week and took them to undisclosed locations," a tribal source told The Anadolu Agency.

During the same period, 63 houses were raided by Houthis and searched for weapons and men wanted by the group, the source added.

On Thursday, 12 Houthi militants were killed when a bomb targeting their patrol car went off  in Arhab, a district of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, a security source had told AA.

The source added that tension had prevailed in areas inhabited by Arhab tribe on Thursday, following the killing by Houthis of tribal leader Sheikh Mohamed Mahdi al-Hazmi when they attacked his home in the district.

The Houthis have remained in control of capital Sanaa since late September. Ever since, the group has moved to extend its control to other areas.

The Houthis' growing influence in Yemen has pitted the Shiite group against Al-Qaeda – still said to be active in the fractious country – and local Sunni tribes.

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