More than 40 dead in south Yemen violence

At least 42 people have died in violence near Yemen`s southern city of Zinjibar, most of which has fallen under the control of suspected al Qaeda militants, military and local sources said on Saturday.

Last Updated: Jul 30, 2011, 20:17 PM IST

Aden: At least 42 people have died in
violence near Yemen`s southern city of Zinjibar, most of which
has fallen under the control of suspected al Qaeda militants,
military and local sources said on Saturday.

Eleven people including top officers were killed in
fierce clashes between the army and militants in Dofas, a
village 15 kilometres south of Abyan`s provincial capital of
Zinjibar, they said.

"Al Qaeda elements stationed in Dofas attacked army
units there using machine-guns on Friday, killing two officers
and four soldiers, and wounding nine others," said a military
official in the village.

Medics at a military hospital in the southern port
city of Aden confirmed the casualty toll.

A local official in Dofas said five members of the
Islamist network were also killed and four wounded in the
attack.

Also yesterday, an air raid and clashes with militants
left 29 tribesmen killed and dozens wounded in eastern
Zinjibar, tribal sources said, adding that several others went
missing.

Twelve of the tribesmen were killed and 20 others
wounded in clashes with the militants, a top security official
in the area said.

PTI