Friday, June 8, 2012

2 al-Qaida commanders killed in air strike in southern Yemen

ADEN, Yemen, June 7 (Xinhua) -- The Yemeni air force raided an al-Qaida-controlled site in the southern province of Abyan on Thursday, killing at least two commanders of the terrorist group and injuring seven others, a security official said.

"The two al-Qaida commanders were killed in the air strike while they were inspecting a checkpoint in eastern Mudiyah town," the local security official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, witnesses told Xinhua anonymously that an air raid pounded a pick-up truck belonging to the al-Qaida militants while it was passing through a desert road in Jaar, Abyan's second largest town.

"The al-Qaida vehicle was loaded with heavy weapons before it was bombed, causing a huge explosion at the area," the witnesses said.

"Some of al-Qaida militants believed to have been killed or injured in the attack," they added.

On the same day, a tribal chief said anti-Qaida militia have managed to foil two al-Qaida suicide attacks outside Lauder town in Abyan.

"We intercepted an al-Qaida suicide bomber with an explosives- laden car at Lauder's entrance," the tribal chief said.

"Also earlier in the day an al-Qaida suicide attacker with an explosives belt was shot dead by our fighters near a tribal checkpoint," he added.

The Yemeni government troops have waged an intensive military campaign, with support of the United States and Yemen's oil-rich neighbor Saudi Arabia, against several bastions of the al-Qaida terrorist group in Abyan province since last month.

The offensive aimed at recapturing several southern towns and cities seized by the Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula during last year's political chaos.

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