Sanaa: Yemeni military attacks on al Qaeda positions in Marib province on Sunday killed four militants, including a senior member of the violent Islamist group, Yemen tribal officials said.
The attacks followed an ambush yesterday that killed eight soldiers, including a senior officer.
The tribal officials said airstrikes and heavy artillery shelling targeted the farm of Said bin Muaily, a senior al Qaeda member. He was killed, along with three others.
The tribal officials said a stray rocket missed its target and instead hit two houses in the Abieda valley in Marib, killing one man and injuring five others, including a child. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the raids with reporters.
The Defense Ministry called yesterday`s attack a "terrorist ambush," confirming that the chief of staff in Yemen`s central military region was killed.
The US considers the local al Qaeda branch the world`s most dangerous. The US has helped Yemen intensify its campaign against the Islamist militants.