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A Yemeni court specialising in terrorism cases sentenced 10 people on Tuesday to between four and 10 years in prison for plotting attacks on behalf of Al-Qaeda, a judicial source told AFP.
Five of them were released on time served.
The accused were found guilty of "forming an armed gang linked to Al-Qaeda to attack vital installations, barracks, embassies, and security and military leaders," according to the chargesheet.
Al-Qaeda took advantage of the weakening of central government by a 10-month uprising against veteran president Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2011 to sharply expand its operations across impoverished Yemen.