Yemen denies foreign troops fighting Qaeda on its soil

Yemen denied that foreign forces are involved in its battle against al Qaeda, as Sanaa`s security forces went on high alert after eight soldiers were killed by suspected jihadists.

Aden: Yemen denied on Sunday that foreign
forces are involved in its battle against al Qaeda, as Sanaa`s
security forces went on high alert after eight soldiers were
killed by suspected jihadists.

"We are surprised at groundless allegations in several
media reports lately on the presence of British soldiers and
on the arrival of US forces to aid in fighting terror in
Yemen," the defence ministry`s 26sep.net news website quoted
a Yemeni official as saying.

The official said that Yemen`s cooperation with the
"United States or other countries" in fighting terrorism is
"restricted to the exchange of information which facilitates
its hunt (for) terrorist elements and handing them over to
justice."

Suspected Al-Qaeda militants have carried out several
attacks in past weeks against Yemeni soldiers, the latest of
which killed eight soldiers and a civilian in the town of Jaar
in the southern Abyan province yesterday, according to a
security official.

The interior ministry had yesterday called for tighter
security at intelligence headquarters throughout the country
and said it had put security units on alert.

The ministry, in a statement posted on its website,
stressed "the importance of increasing security vigilance and
deploying patrols in the capital and the provinces, in
addition to tightening security measures on vital facilities
and buildings."

PTI

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