Aden: Five Al-Qaeda suspects, among them an
Indonesian, were killed in artillery shelling on their
strongholds in Yemen`s south, a government official said
"Two Al-Qaeda gunmen were killed in artillery shelling by
the army in Zinjibar," the official in the nearby town of
Jaar, where their bodies were taken, told agency.
The official identified one of the men as an Indonesian,
while he said that the other was a Yemeni.
Three others were killed in shelling overnight by the
25th Mechanised Brigade, based in the restive southern city of
Zinjibar, he said.
Meanwhile, Rumeila, north of Jaar, which itself is an
Al-Qaeda stronghold, was also targeted Tuesday by "five US
drone strikes," the same official said, adding no information
was yet available on casualties.
Yemen`s army, backed by US drones, have been battling
militants of the Qaeda-linked Partisans of Sharia (Islamic
law) group who have held the Abyan provincial capital since
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, has taken
advantage of nearly 10 months of sweeping unrest against
President Ali Abdullah Saleh to bolster its presence in the
restive south and east of Yemen, launching repeated attacks.