Seven Qaida Gunmen Killed in South Yemen

Posted on: June 08, 2012 at 00:29
An air strike killed five al-Qaida militants Thursday in south Yemen while two others died in clashes in the region where the army has been fighting to recapture territory lost last year, a local official said.

The air raid struck an eastern outskirt of Jaar, a town in the Abyan province that is controlled by al-Qaida, killing five Islamist militants and wounding three others, the official said.

Two other al-Qaida fighters were killed in clashes with local militiamen belonging to the Popular Resistance Committees, who are fighting alongside the army, in the village of Batis, north of Jaar, the official said.

The clashes erupted when the militants attempted to return to the village which they had controlled until they were chased out by the army last week.

Yemeni forces launched an all-out offensive on May 12 aimed at reclaiming the Abyan provincial capital Zinjibar and other towns and cities lost to al-Qaida during the past year.

Since the beginning of the attack, 423 people have been killed, according to an AFP tally combined from different sources. This includes 315 al-Qaida militants, 68 soldiers, 22 local armed men, and 18 civilians.

Source:Agence France Presse
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