Yemeni troops took control of Azzan Saturday (June 23rd), the last town in Yemen's Abyan province where al-Qaeda had established complete control, AFP reported.
Several hundred al-Qaeda fighters are believed to have fled to Azzan in the hours before the Yemeni army took control of Zinjibar and Jaar on June 12th, but these fighters handed control of Azzan to tribal mediators June 17th.
The mediators then transferred authority over the town to Yemeni troops.
Thirty-five people have been killed in Abyan during the past 10 days in explosions from landmines that al-Qaeda fighters planted before they fled the province.
Maj. Gen. Nasser al-Taheri, the new commander of the southern military region, vowed to continue the fight against al-Qaeda Friday.
He succeeds Gen. Salem Ali Qoton, who led the campaigns that enabled the army to liberate southern cities that al-Qaeda controlled. Qoton was killed by an al-Qaeda suicide bomber Monday.