Supporters of the separatist Southern Movement demonstrate to demand the separation of the south Yemen, in the country's southern port city of Aden January 23, 2015. REUTERS/Yaser Hasan
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Secessionist gunmen in southern Yemen on Saturday seized all police checkpoints in a major city, witnesses said, in another blow to the central government undermined by Houthi militants in Sanaa.The fighters from the Southern Movement took over six checkpoints in Ataq, the capital of Shabwa province, without facing any resistance, said the witnesses. A committee in charge of military and security in four southern provinces, including the former South Yemen capital of Aden instructed troops and police to take orders from provincial governors and the fourth military region command in Aden.
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