Pro-Gov't tribal chieftain killed in Yemeni al-Qaida ambush

21:41, September 06, 2010      

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The Yemen-based al-Qaida regional wing shot dead a southern pro-government tribal chieftain and his bodyguard in Abyan province, the ruling party's news website reported on Sunday.

"Hussain Mashdal, the chieftain of Al Fadhl tribe in the southern Abyan province, along with one of his bodyguard were killed on Sunday in a deadly ambush set by militants of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)," the portal cited a provincial security source as saying.

It said another bodyguard of the Sheikh was seriously injured.

The website said the ambush was carried out when the Sheikh and his two bodyguards were traveling back from Modia city of Abyan at the dawn.

Local media said the Sheikh was one of the tribal mediators to convince al-Qaida group to exit Lodar city of Abyan, following a week-long battles between al-Qaida fighters and the government's troops late last month, which forced thousands of residents to flee the city.

Lodar is believed to be a stronghold of al-Qaida forces in the Arabian Peninsula. The latest battles in Lodar erupted on Aug. 20 after alleged al-Qaida fighters killed 11 soldiers in an ambush.

The U.S.-backed Yemeni government has intensified security operations and air raids against terrorist groups after the Yemen- based al-Qaida wing claimed responsibility for a botched attempt to blow up a U.S. passenger plane bound for Detroit in December last year.

Source: Xinhua


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