Firefighters try to extinguish a fire at a petrol station after it was hit by a Saudi-led air strike in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Houdieda February 5, 2016. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad
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Al-Qaeda overran a police headquarters in a south Yemen provincial capital Saturday, strengthening their grip on the coast road overlooking the Gulf of Aden, security sources said.Earlier this week, Al-Qaeda seized the town of Azzan in neighboring Shabwa province.Zinjibar is only about 50 kilometers from Yemen's key southern city Aden, the government's temporary home after the capital Sanaa fell to the Houthi rebels in September 2014 .The Saudi-led coalition has so far not targeted militants including AQAP and Daesh (ISIS), who have gained ground in the south, attacking government officials and clashing with loyalist forces.
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