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Shiite Houthi militants have abducted a Yemeni tribal elder in capital Sanaa, a tribal source said Sunday.
"Houthi militants kidnapped Sheikh Mohamed Abdullah Ghalib of the Nehim tribe," the source, who requested anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency.
He said the militants had stopped the sheikh's car in Sanaa's Bani Harith district and took him to an undisclosed location.
The source said the tribal elder has been a vocal critic of the expansion of Houthis in Yemen.
Meanwhile, a senior Shiite Houthi leader has been seriously injured in an attack in Yemen's central Ibb province, an Al-Qaeda-linked group has claimed.
Ansar al-Sharia group said on Twitter that one of its militants had opened fire on Houthi leader Abdel-Elah al-Ezi as he was driving in the province on Saturday.
The group said that the Houthi leader had been seriously injured in the attack.
Houthi leaders could not be reached for comment.
An adviser to Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi has accused the Shiite Houthi group and Al-Qaeda movement of committing "genocide" against Yemeni civilians.
"Houthi and Al-Qaeda militants are committing genocide against Yemenis as a result of the conflicts they are involved in," Sultan al-Atwani told The Anadolu Agency on Sudnay.
He blamed the reemergence of Al-Qaeda group in Yemen for attempts by the Houthis "to extend their influence to other Yemeni provinces" after seizing control of capital Sanaa.
"Following Houthis' control of Sanaa, armed displays have spread rapidly," Atwani said.
Houthis have emerged as an important political and military force in Yemen when it controlled the capital in September and then moved on to control other areas.
The rise of Houthis, however, has pitted the movement against Sunni tribes across Yemen and al-Qaeda, which is also powerful in Yemen.
Yemen has been in turmoil since the ouster of long-serving President Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2012.
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