U.S. Predator raids Qaida sites in south Yemen: media

08:33, April 25, 2011      

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A U.S. unmanned Predator carried out two air raids on hideouts of the al-Qaida wing in Yemen's southern province of Abyan late on Saturday, according to a Yemeni independent media outlet barakish.net.

The portal cited local sources as saying that the first raid was against a site of the al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Rafdh area and the second strike was on a convoy of two cars allegedly belonging to AQAP in Thaika area.

Both areas were located in Al-Mahfad district in Abyan, some 480 km south of the capital Sanaa.

Local residents said one of the missiles which was allegedly fired by the Predators did not explode and they found a label reading "Made in USA".

"There was no confirmed report about any casualty and we do not rule out that militants of AQAP had earlier evacuated the two areas, including their killed or injured militants," the residents added.

Such strike could be the second of its kind if this report is confirmed as the US and Yemeni governments admitted of striking against a hideout of AQAP in Abyan in 2009, in which more than 60 people were killed.

Abyan is a key stronghold of resurgent AQAP which has carried out frequent attacks against the Yemeni security and military personnel since 2009.

Yemen has witnessed growing anti-government protests demanding an immediate end to the 33-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh for more than three months, undermining the security and stability of the country.

Source: Xinhua
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