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Tens of al-Qaida gunmen killed in south Yemen: report

(Xinhua)

09:00, September 01, 2011

SANAA, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- Tens of militants of the al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) were killed Wednesday in Yemen's southern flashpoint province of Abyan, where the government forces has been attacking the militants hideouts since May, the state news agency Saba reported.

"The military and security forces launched attacks against targets and hideouts of the militants in western Zinjibar, the provincial capital city of Abyan taken by the terrorists since late May, leaving tens dead and others injured over the past few hours," Saba quoted governor of Abyan province Saleh al-Zawary as saying.

"The armed forces regained control over large part of the coastal Dovis area that leads to al-Qaida's stronghold of Zinjibar, " he said, adding that "the troops are now tightening siege to Zinjibar."

Besides Zinjibar, the al-Qaida wing are still controlling Jaar, Shaqra, and part of Dovis and Modia town in Abyan, while the government troops have seized back some districts and roads leading to neighboring port city of Aden, according to security officials.

The Yemeni defense ministry said Tuesday that more than 300 al- Qaida militants, including some leaders, have been killed in Abyan since May.

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