Al Qaeda militants in southeast Yemen on Friday seized heavy weapons as they overran a key camp in Hadramawt provincial capital Mukalla, consolidating their grip on the city, an official said.

“Today Al Qaeda fighters took control of the 27th Mechanized Brigade’s camp and seized heavy weapons including tanks and artillery,” the official told AFP, confirming that Al-Qaida now controlled all of Mukalla a day after seizing its airport.

Residents of the city confirmed the camp had been seized “without resistance”. […]