7 Qaeda members killed in Yemen

2013-06-01 17:50
Yemeni protesters shout slogans during a demonstration marking the second anniversary of the \Friday of Dignity\ attack in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. (Mohammed Huwais, AFP)

Yemeni protesters shout slogans during a demonstration marking the second anniversary of the \Friday of Dignity\ attack in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. (Mohammed Huwais, AFP)

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Aden - Two air strikes that targeted two vehicles in south Yemen on Saturday killed seven suspected members of al-Qaeda and wounded two more, a local official said.

The deaths came on the same day that suspected members of the extremist group shot dead a senior air force officer, and an explosion killed a top police officer.

Saturday's attacks by the Yemeni air force hit the two vehicles on the outskirts of the town of Mahfad in Abyan province, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The official said al-Qaeda-linked militants were seen evacuating the casualties and transferring them to a local medical centre.

Al-Qaeda remains active in Mahfad close to Zinjibar and Jaar, which they ruled for a year before being driven out by a government offensive mounted in May last year.

US drones frequently conduct strikes targeting suspected militants as part of Washington's war on the jihadist network across several countries, and in support of Yemen's war on extremists.

Al-Qaeda exploited a weakening of central government control during the 2011 uprising that forced veteran strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh from power to seize large swathes of the south and east.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which is based in Yemen, is considered by the United States to be the most dangerous branch of the global extremist network.


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