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Yemen: 5 al Qaeda-linked militants killed

Last Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 15:49

Sana’a: A Yemeni security official says government shelling has killed five al Qaeda-linked militants in a southern town, while one soldier has died in a landmine explosion in the same area.

The official says the bombardment in Zinjibar started on Saturday night and continued through early Sunday.

He says a Yemeni soldier died when he stepped on a mine on Sunday east of Zinjibar. He spoke on condition of anonymity according to regulations.

During the past year of turmoil in Yemen, al Qaeda-linked militants seized control of parts of the south including Zinjibar. Government operations have failed to oust them.

On Saturday, a car bomb killed at least 25 people in the south, hours after the country`s new President was formally inaugurated.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 15:49

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