Yemen air raid kills 13 militants-local official

August 1, 2011 17:49

ADEN, Yemen - Yemeni war planes bombed a village in south Yemen on Monday, killing at least 13 people who a local official said were Islamist militants challenging army control in the flashpoint province of Abyan.

The army has launched a weeks-long offensive against militants whom they suspect of ties to al-Qaida and who have seized several areas in Abyan in recent months -- including the provincial capital Zinjibar, which lies east of a strategic shipping lane where some 3 million barrels of oil pass daily.

But it has yet to recapture any significant territory other than a makeshift army base near the coastal provincial capital.

Residents and a local official said warplanes twice bombed the village of al-Khamila, some 10 km (six miles) from Zinjibar.

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