Attacks kill 4 militants: Yemen tribal officials



Sanaa: Yemeni military attacks on al Qaeda positions in Marib province on Sunday killed four militants, including a senior member of the violent Islamist group, Yemen tribal officials said.

The attacks followed an ambush yesterday that killed eight soldiers, including a senior officer.

The tribal officials said airstrikes and heavy artillery shelling targeted the farm of Said bin Muaily, a senior al Qaeda member. He was killed, along with three others.

The tribal officials said a stray rocket missed its target and instead hit two houses in the Abieda valley in Marib, killing one man and injuring five others, including a child. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the raids with reporters.

The Defense Ministry called yesterday's attack a "terrorist ambush," confirming that the chief of staff in Yemen's central military region was killed. The US considers the local al Qaeda branch the world's most dangerous. The US has helped Yemen intensify its campaign against the Islamist militants.

PTI