Five soldiers killed in al-Qaida raid in Yemen's northeast Marib

14:53, March 28, 2011      

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At least five soldiers were killed and another dozen wounded in an al-Qaida attack in Yemen's northeast province of Marib on Sunday, a tribal source close to the terrorist group told Xinhua.

The attack was carried out against a military post in north of Marib city, home to most of the country's oil facilities.

"The al-Qaida assailants seized three military vehicles and a large quantity of heavy weapons," the source said on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, Yemeni independent news website Marib Press reported that at least seven soldiers were killed in the terrorist attack and seven others were wounded as the assailants managed to seize two armored vehicles and a pick-up military truck.

The military forces fired back and shelled the village of Al Shabwan, home of the suspected militants, it said.

According to the website, the raid was led by Ali Jabir al- Shabwani, one of the most wanted al-Qaida leaders in Marib.

However, local officials said al-Shabwani has been killed last year in an airstrike by the government.

Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula has launched a string of attacks against the military and security forces in troubled Marib and the southern provinces since 2009. It has already taken over four small towns in south Yemen, according to a government official in Sanaa.

Source: Xinhua
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