13 Al-Qaida Militants Killed in Army Shelling in South Yemen
    2011-11-25 01:18:50     Xinhua       Web Editor: Liuyuanhui
At least 13 al-Qaida militants were killed Thursday when Yemeni army forces shelled strongholds of the terrorist group in the turbulent southern province of Abyan, an army officer said.

The army forces pounded government buildings seized by the al- Qaida militants with artillery shells and Katyusha rockets in the Bajdar neighborhood in the east of Zinjibar, the provincial capital of Abyan province, killing at least 13 terrorists and injuring dozens of others, the army officer told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The soldiers also found the dead bodies of a Saudi, an Egyptian and a Bahraini, who were apparently killed in the shelling conducted by the army units on the al-Qaida-seized government buildings, he added.

Abyan, some 480 km south of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, has been the scene of daily fierce fighting after militants from the al- Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) captured Zinjibar and at least three other towns in May.

The AQAP, entrenching itself mainly in Yemen's southern provinces of Abyan and Shabwa, was seen by the United States as an increasing threat to its national security.

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