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Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen on Thursday seized control of an airport in the southeastern provincial capital of Mukalla, an airport official told AFP.

“The military unit in charge of security at the facility withdrew without resisting” Al-Qaeda fighters, the official said.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the jihadist network’s powerful Yemeni branch, took advantage of the country’s growing chaos earlier this month to seize control of Mukalla, capital of Hadramawt province.

Armed Yemeni members of the southern separatist movement in the port city of Aden's Dar Saad suburb on April 14, 2015

Armed Yemeni members of the southern separatist movement in the port city of Aden’s Dar Saad suburb on April 14, 2015 ¬©Saleh Al-Obeidi (AFP/File)

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