Yemen troops regain control of military base after Qaeda standoff

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At least 10 people including three soldiers were killed in an offensive to retake headquarters seized by al-Qaeda-linked militants in southeast Yemen, medical and military sources told Agence France-Presse on Thursday.

A senior officer said that the government had regained control of the compound after a three-day standoff, reported the Associated Press.

Major General Mohsen Nasser told the Associated Press that all the militants were killed in the operation, which followed three hours of intense clashes. He added that hostages are believed to be freed, but he did not provide details on the number of hostages.

The gunmen had deployed snipers and planted explosives to keep security forces away, officials said.

The militants, dressed in fatigues and riding in military trucks, overran the base on Monday and took an unknown number of soldiers hostage. The military sent in reinforcements and surrounded the building.

Nasser said the militants refused to surrender, leading authorities to storm the building.

(With the Associated Press)

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