Warplanes Strike Al-Qaeda in Yemen

The Yemeni air force conducted air strikes against al-Qaeda positions in the southern province of Abyan yesterday, killing ten militants and injuring 20 more.

Yemen’s air forces attacked al-Qaeda hideouts on 31 July’s evening in the volatile province of Abyan, killing at least 10 terrorists and injuring 20 others. Three successful air raids targeted several hideouts and gatherings of the terrorists scattered along the surrounding areas of the al-Qaeda-seized city of Zinjibar, the provincial capital of Abyan province.

The al-Qaeda militants were fighting against the 25th Mechanized Brigade of the Yemeni army. A number of the terrorists were seized by the army troops and large amounts of their ammunition and weapons were also confiscated. Meanwhile, five leading members of the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula were captured by tribesmen fighters in the Luader district, a local tribal chief told Xinhua.

Abyan province, some 480 km south of the capital Sanaa, is almost totally under control of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) since the militants seized the provincial capital city of Zinjibar late in May.

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is still in Saudi Arabia for treatment after being injured in June, called the opposition on 31 July to restart a Gulf-mediated dialogue to end ongoing political crisis.

(Sources: Xinhua; 1 August 2011)


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