Six Yemeni soldiers killed in clashes with ‘Qaeda’

ADEN — Six Yemeni soldiers were killed and nine wounded in overnight clashes with suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen in the southern lawless province of Abyan, a military official said on Monday.

By (AFP)

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Published: Mon 29 Aug 2011, 8:49 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:19 AM

The latest fatalities brought to 10 the death toll of soldiers killed since clashes erupted at Dofes, a village south of the provincial capital of Zinjibar, which was overrun by militants in late May.

Four soldiers were killed on Sunday when troops attempted to advance towards Zinjibar.

Air and naval forces took part in the overnight fighting to back up the progress of ground forces that was hindered by “Al-Qaeda fighters hiding in farms and rugged areas,” the official said.

A source close to the militants said “Al-Qaeda lost 26 fighters,” adding that “16 bodies were entirely charred.”

A medical source at a military hospital in the port city of Aden said on Sunday that three militants were killed.

Since the end of May, fighters linked to Al-Qaeda have seized control of several Abyan towns, taking advantage of the weakening of central authority amid nationwide protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The veteran leader has been recovering in Saudi Arabia for more than two months from bomb blast wounds.

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