Town seized from al-Qaeda

2013-02-03 09:50
A young Yemeni soldier. (Hani Mohammed, AP)

A young Yemeni soldier. (Hani Mohammed, AP)

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Sanaa - The Yemeni military says it has wrested control of a southern town from al-Qaeda fighters after three days of clashes that killed 17 people.

Military officials say 12 al-Qaeda fighters were killed and five soldiers and members of local tribes fighting alongside the army died in the clashes. Local militiamen had joined the military offensive to push al-Qaeda out of the mountainous al-Maraksha in Abyan province.

Tribal sources say the al-Qaeda fighters fled al-Maraksha Saturday to East Ahwar, about 80km outside the Abyan provincial capital of Zinjibar.

All spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to release the information.

Last year, Yemen's army, backed by the United States, drove militants out of southern areas that al-Qaeda had seized during Yemen's 2011 uprising.

- AP
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