Yemeni warplanes strike al Qaeda hideouts, 3 killed

Last Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 21:14

Aden (Yemen): Yemeni military warplanes Friday carried out an attack on two hideouts of the al Qaeda in the southeastern province of Shabwa, killing three terrorists and injuring seven others.

The two hideouts in the Azzan region in Shabwa were hit by the military warplanes, leaving at least three terrorists dead and seven others wounded, an army officer told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The air strikes followed a deadly terrorist attack earlier in the day when al Qaeda suicide bombers drove their explosives-laden cars into an army base and a police centre in Azzan area.

At least 65 army officers and soldiers were killed and 38 others wounded in the three simultaneous car bombing attacks.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, Xinhua reported, though an earlier report had stated that the al Qaeda had claimed responsibility.

However, the al Qaeda is being held responsible for a series of similar attacks against Yemeni government forces, mostly in the country`s southern region.

The Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which emerged in January 2009, is considered to be the most strategic threat to the Yemeni government and its neighbouring oil-rich Saudi Arabia.

IANS



First Published: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 21:14

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