Thursday, April 5, 2012

Yemeni warplanes kill 11 al-Qaida militants in south

Yemen division 2012-3-11 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
ADEN, Yemen, April 5 (Xinhua) -- Yemeni warplanes pounded al- Qaida strongholds in the southern province of Abyan on Thursday morning, killing at least 11 militants, a security official told Xinhua.

The air forces launched two air strikes against the al-Qaida terrorist group in the village of Jabalayn near the insurgents- controlled town of Jaar in Abyan, killing at least 11 militants, including two leading members, the local security official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The official said that three militant hideouts were destroyed in the area.

The al-Qaida militants have yet to issue a statement about the raids.

U.S. drones and Yemeni fighter planes have regularly targeted al-Qaida militants in southern Yemeni regions, which were seized by the group in May 2011, killing and injuring scores of terrorists.

The Yemeni army and security forces have recently been attacked by the Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in the restive southern regions. Hundreds of government troops were either killed or injured during deadly suicide bombings and fierce battles with al-Qaida insurgents in the province of Abyan during the past two months.

Taking advantage of the one-year-long political conflicts, the resurgent AQAP, locally known as Ansar al-Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law), has taken control of several cities and swathes across the country's restive southern provinces.
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