April 26, 2013
A Yemeni court yesterday sentenced 11 convicted Al-Qaeda militants to up to 10 years in prison for forming armed gangs to destabilize the country and planning attacks on foreign embassies and security forces.
The sentencing came as militants attacked a military camp in the central town of Radda, about 160 km south of Sanaa, setting off clashes that killed three soldiers and eight militants. Radda was briefly seized by Al-Qaeda militants last year before the Yemeni government waged an offensive to drive them out.
The militants, who took refuge in other areas in the central province where Radda is located, have been trying to return to the town.