Two al-Qaida suspects killed in clashes with troops in south Yemen

13:57, April 25, 2011      

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At least two al-Qaida suspects were killed and eight soldiers of the Yemeni Republican Guards were wounded in clashes on Sunday in southern province of Al-Bayda, a local security official said.

"An armed group of al-Qaida wing, headed by Abdel-Wahab al- Humaikani, intercepted and clashed with a large convoy of the Republican Guards in Al-Zahida district in Al-Bayday, some 268 km south of the capital Sanaa," the official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

"Two al-Qaida militants were killed and eight soldiers were wounded," he said, adding that "the military vehicles' convoy was en route to al-Ar Mountain in the Lahj city of Yafee to back a stationed battalion of the Republican Guards in its campaign against armed separatists."

"The troops forced the rest of al-Qaida group to flee as the convoy continued its travel to al-Ar Mountain," he added.

Earlier the day, two armed separatist militants of the Southern Movement, which demanded the south Yemen to secede from the north since 2007, were killed in clashes with forces of the Republican Guards in al-Ar Mountain in Lahj, according to a local official.

Northern and southern Yemen unified in 1990 according to a deal between the People's General Congress and the Yemeni Socialist Party. However, the deal fell apart, leading to a crisis between the two allies, which developed into a civil war in 1994.

The resurgent al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has taken many remote areas in the impoverished Arab state as its hideouts and it has carried out frequent attacks against the Yemeni security and military personnel since 2009.

Source: Xinhua
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