Al-Qaeda took control on Friday of Yemen’s southern city of al-Houta, following heavy clashes with security forces, Al Arabiya News Channel reported, citing security sources.

Earlier, AFP quoted a security official as saying that clashes in south Yemen between security forces and armed groups, including al-Qaeda militants, as well as separatists killed 29 people.

Fierce gunfights erupted when armed men attacked police centers in Lahj, north of Aden, the official said. […]