Air strike kills 5 Islamists in southern Yemen town

August 19, 2011 14:20

ADEN - A Yemeni jet bombed the southern coastal town of Shaqra shortly after Islamist militants took control of the area, killing at least five of them, a local government official said.

In the raids staged on Thursday, the jet also attacked two sites where militants had gathered in the town of Zinjibar, the official told Reuters. He was unable to give details of casualties there.

Shaqra fell to the militants on Wednesday, becoming the third Yemeni town they have seized following Jaar in Abyan province in March and Zinjibar, the provincial capital, in May.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh's government has lost control of some areas in the south after months of political turmoil and mass protests demanding an end to his three-decade-old-rule.

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