Yemen – At least 27 people were killed in an overnight raid by dozens of al Qaeda militants on Yemeni government buildings and military posts in Seyoun, the second largest city in the south-eastern Hadramout province it was reported on the 24 may 14. The gunmen targeted the main military posts, the local police headquarters and bank branches and briefly captured some buildings before they withdrew the following day. Al Qaeda has conducted many hit-and-run attacks since the Yemeni army drove it from its strongholds in Abyan and Shabwa provinces. The militants arrived in 15 pickup trucks from desert areas outside Seyoun and proceeded to attack various government buildings. "They wanted to capture the city and control it," the official claimed.