15 troops killed by al-Qaida in south Yemen: official

08:42, June 30, 2011      

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At least 15 Yemeni soldiers were killed in a bombing attack carried out by al-Qaida militants on a military barracks in the al-Qaida-seized Zinjibar city in southern province of Abyan on Wednesday, an official of the Interior Ministry said.

The official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity that the attack launched by two al-Qaida car bombs, hit a barracks near Al-Wahda Football Stadium in Zinjibar.

The attack also injured dozens of other soldiers, the official added without elaborating.

The terrorist groups has seized Abyan's provincial capital of Zinjibar since late last month as battles were going on between them and government forces around the city and in eastern outskirts of the main port city of Aden.

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula intensified activities in southern provinces of the impoverished Arab country as its cash- stripped government was in the grip of five-month-old protests, demanding the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Source: Xinhua
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