A tribal mediation managed on Sunday to set free commander of the 62nd Republican Guard Brigade, Brigadier General Murad Al-Awbali, who was kidnapped ten days ago by angry soldiers from Khawlan tribe, local sources affirmed.
The sources made it clear that the mediation pledged to meet the demands of the kidnappers who request to their salaries that were suspended after they declared their support to Yemen's uprising.
Tribal tensions had broke out last week between Khwalan and Sanhan tribes following the abduction of Al-Awbali by soldiers from Khawlan, local sources said. For its side, Sanhan which Al-Awbli releates to kidnapped a number of persons who are from Khwlan in an attempt to put pressures on the kidnappers to release Al-Awbali. Al-Awbali, a loyalist to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and his son Ahmed, is accused of committing crimes against protesters in the southern province of Taiz. Taiz protesters demonstrated repeatedly, demanding to hold al-Awbali accountable.
He was appointed Ahmed Saleh as a commander of the 62 brigade by after the protests calling for his arrest and prosecutions increased.
President Abdu Rabo Mansour Hadi replaced about high-ranking generals of Saleh's relatives and loyalists in a bid to implement reforms in the army, but the well-equipped military units, the Republican Guard, are still run by Saleh's son, Ahmed.
After carrying out reforms in army and security services, the Yemeni army could defeat al-Qaida in some districts of Abyan governorate.