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Four Soldiers, Five Terrorists Killed in Yemen

Friday, 13 Jun 2014 05:17 PM

Four Yemeni soldiers and five suspected al-Qaida militants were killed in two separate attacks Friday in southern restive regions, military and local sources said.

In the first attack, a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into an army position in Mahfad, in Abyan province, a military official said.

"He was a suicide bomber from al-Qaida," said the official, who asked not to be named. He said six soldiers were also wounded in the attack.

A medical source at Ataq public hospital confirmed the deaths.

Meanwhile, a drone strike killed five suspected al-Qaida militants at Saeed junction, east of the city of Ataq, in nearby Shabwa province, a local source said.

The pilotless aircraft fired a missile at the group as the militants gathered under a tree, the source said.

The United States is the only country operating drones over Yemen, but U.S. officials rarely acknowledge the covert program.

On Thursday, the Yemeni army killed four "al-Qaida members" in an attack in Habban, also in Shabwa, the defense ministry said.

The army launched an all-out offensive against al-Qaida in Shabwa and neighboring Abyan in a bid to expel its forces from smaller towns and villages that escaped a previous sweep in 2012.

It said 500 al-Qaida militants were killed in the operation, while 40 soldiers were killed and 100 others wounded

Troops and militia have entered a series of towns, but analysts say their advances could be the result of a tactical retreat by the militants in coordination with local tribes.

Taking advantage of a collapse of central authority during a 2011 uprising that forced veteran strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh from power, al-Qaida seized large swathes of the south and east.

They remain deeply entrenched in Hadramawt province further east, where they have carried out a series of spectacular attacks in recent months.

 

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Four Yemeni soldiers and five suspected al-Qaida militants were killed in two separate attacks Friday in southern restive regions, military and local sources said.
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2014-17-13
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