Three soldiers killed in al-Qaida attack in S. Yemen

19:10, August 26, 2010      

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Three soldiers were killed and two others were wounded on Wednesday in clashes with al-Qaida militants in Yemen's south province of Abyan, state media reported.

The ruling party's said three soldiers were killed and two others were injured late on Wednesday when a group of al-Qaida militants opened fire at the security patrol near a public market in Zinjibar city, Abyan province.

The Yemeni authorities have tightened security measures in the region and launched a manhunt for the suspected attackers, said the report.

The attack came a day after the Yemeni Interior Ministry said its security forces have regained control over al-Qaida's stronghold city of Lodar in Abyan following five-day battles, during which at least 12 al-Qaida gunmen were killed.

"Security forces have totally controlled the Lodar city while searching for more terrorist elements out of the city," the ministry said in a statement posted on its website on Tuesday.

Abyan province is believed to be a stronghold of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) after it witnessed a series of deadly attacks allegedly carried out by the al-Qaida militants since earlier this year, leaving dozens of security personnel dead or injured.

Yemen 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.



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