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Houthis abduct Sanaa University student leader

Members of Yemen's Shiite Houthi group on Friday abducted the head of Sanaa University's student union

30.01.2015
Houthis abduct Sanaa University student leader

SANAA

Members of Yemen's Shiite Houthi group on Friday abducted the head of Sanaa University's student union near his home in the capital, according to eyewitnesses.

Houthi militants kidnapped Radwan Masood, the head of Sanaa University's student union, from outside his home in northern Sanaa and took him to an undisclosed location, eyewitnesses told The Anadolu Agency.

The Houthi group has recently abducted a number of its detractors who have participated in anti-Houthi demonstrations.

Houthi officials could not be reached for comment.

Last September, the Houthis emerged as a formidable political and military force after taking control of Sanaa before moving on to establish control over other parts of the country.

In recent days, the capital has been rocked by deadly clashes between Houthi militants and presidential guard units amid an apparent push by the former to consolidate their control.

The rise of the Houthis has pitted the Shiite group against local Sunni tribes and Al-Qaeda, the latter of which is said to remain active in the country.

Fractious Yemen has remained in a state of turmoil since autocratic President Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped down in 2012 following a months-long popular uprising against his 33-year rule.

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