The group consolidated its control over Mukalla
with the takeover of the Second Military Region Command in Khalaf, east of Mukalla
city, on Friday afternoon.
Al-Qaeda militants Thursday overran Mukalla
, the provincial capital of the country's largest province, Hadramawt, seizing government buildings and freeing inmates from a prison, including a top Saudi-born leader.
Fighters of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) control districts in Mukalla
but not the whole city," a local official said.
From Aden, a total of 150 Pakistanis would travel to Mukalla
by road to join other 100 who were wishing to be evacuated.
A security officer was survived a failed assassination attempt by two gunmen on a motorbike in Mukalla
city, a security official said.
An attack on a security outpost in Mukalla
killed 20 soldiers, with an attack on government offices and outposts the day prior claiming the lives of 20.
Al Qaeda had also planned to cut exports of liquefied gas from the Balhaf terminal southwest of Mukalla
by attacking a main gas pipeline in the southern province of Shabwa, the report said.
On Saturday a suicide bomber blew up a vehicle outside a presidential palace in the Hadramawt provincial capital Mukalla
, overshadowing the swearing in ceremony of the first new president in Sanaa since 1978.
The meeting coincided with reports that 62 al-Qaeda members escaped from a prison in the southeast city of Mukalla
Iron and Steel (Yemen) plans to start production at Hadramout Iron and Steel plant in September 2011.
Two others were also hurt in the eastern town of Mukalla
There is a fairly wide offshore basin in the Gulf of Aden, where a block called Sahyut stretches eastwards from Mukalla
to the Arabian Sea.