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Qaeda head killed in battle for south Yemen city: Report

An alleged al Qaeda chief was killed in renewed clashes between Yemen`s army and gunmen who control most of Loder, as civilians fled bombing of the southern city, security officials said.



Aden (Yemen): An alleged al Qaeda
chief was killed in renewed clashes between Yemen`s army
and gunmen who control most of Loder, as civilians fled
bombing of the southern city, security officials said.

Adel Saleh Hardaba, 27, was the second-in-command
of al Qaeda`s fighters in Loder, in the Abyan province, that
has been the scene of deadly clashes since Friday, the
official said.

"The army is imposing a tight siege on the city,
chasing out al Qaeda militants and collaborating gunmen," he
said, adding that the military had shelled houses used by
militants as launchpads for attacks.

Another security official told AFP that civilians
have fled the city where "only gunmen are left."

At least 29 people, including eight al Qaeda
militants and 11 soldiers, have been killed in clashes which
erupted on Friday in Loder.

Khaled Muftah, who escaped with his family of 11,
told AFP by telephone that the army was bombing the city
"indiscriminately," while many al Qaeda gunmen were seen
flowing into Loder and taking up positions.

The army had distributed pamphlets urging civilians
of Loder, which has a population of 80,000 in normal times, to
leave.

South Yemen, and Abyan province in particular, is
feared to have become a base for al Qaeda militants to regroup
under the network`s local franchise, al Qaeda in the Arabian
Peninsula (AQAP).

Largely tribal Yemen is the ancestral homeland of
Osama bin Laden.

PTI

From Zee News

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