Yemeni forces kill five al-Qaida militants in clashes: ministry

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The Yemeni security forces killed five al-Qaida militants and arrested another three in clashes late on Friday following a string of ambushes by militants against the security personnel in south Yemen, the Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

The clashes took place late on Friday in Lodar district of Abyan province after al-Qaida militants set up deadly ambushes against the area's security scouting patrols, it said, adding five al-Qaida militants were confirmed dead while another three wounded had been arrested and were under investigation.

On Friday, an unnamed provincial security official told Xinhua that at least 15 soldiers and three al-Qaida militants were killed in fierce clashes in Lodar district.

Also on Saturday, Defense Ministry said al-Qaida militant Ali Hussain al-Tays, a former Guantanamo detainee, turned himself in to the Yemeni authorities.

Yemen, the ancestral homeland of al-Qaida network leader Osama bin Laden, has intensified security operations and air raids against terrorist groups, after the Yemen-based al-Qaida wing claimed responsibility for a failed Christmas Day attempt to blow up a U.S. passenger plane bound for Detroit last year.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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