Tuesday, March 22, 2011

13 Qaeda militants killed in Yemen clashes

22 March 2011

Aden, Thirteen Al-Qaeda militants were killed in clashes on Tuesday with Yemeni soldiers in the southern province of Abyan, a stronghold of the radical network, a local official told AFP.

The bloodshed came as US Defence Secretary Robert Gates warned that Yemen's political "instability and diversion of attention from dealing with AQAP," Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was a "primary concern" to Washington.

"Thirteen Al-Qaeda militants have been killed in ongoing clashes with the army in the town of Loder" in Abyan province, said the local official.

Earlier on Tuesday, a security official gave a casualty toll of two Al-Qaeda militants dead and five soldiers wounded after "a group of Al-Qaeda elements surrounded an army unit."

Both sides used "artillery and machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades" in the confrontation, said the official.

Last Thursday, Al-Qaeda fighters attacked a security post in the eastern province of Marib, sparking a clash in which three militants and two policemen were killed, officials said.

Source: FOCUS News Agency

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