Aden: Five al Qaeda members were killed in
clashes with the army in south Yemen, the defence ministry`s
news website said today, bringing to 19 the toll from the
previous day`s fighting.
Three al Qaeda militants were also wounded in yesterday`s
clashes between the army and qunmen in the city of Loder,
southern Abyan province, said the report carried by the
26sep.net news website.
The latest deaths add to an earlier toll of 11 soldiers
and three civilians killed yesterday.
The defence ministry said it had managed to identify one
of the slain al Qaeda fighters as Adham Shibani, adding that
the wounded militants were currently being interrogated.
The security forces were tracking "other terrorists" who
took part in yesterday`s fighting, the ministry said.
The militants who managed to flee were named as Ahmed
Mohammed Abdu Daradish, Abdel Rauf Abdullah Mohammed Nassib
and Jalal Saleh Mohammed Saidi.
The interior ministry had said yesterday that 11 soldiers
were killed "in an ambush set sup by al Qaeda terrorists and
outlaws cooperating with them."
Eight of the soldiers were killed when a rocket-propelled
grenade hit their armoured vehicle, according to Loder`s
regional security chief Yahya al-Barkni.
Three civilians were killed -- and another four wounded
-- when soldiers bombarded buildings near Loder market from
where the military was being targeted, medical sources said.
South Yemen, and the Abyan province in particular, is
feared to have become a base for al Qaeda militants to
regroup, under the network`s local franchise al Qaeda in the