Fifty soldiers, terrorists killed during Yemen violence

August 24, 2011 20:09

ADEN - Eleven Yemeni soldiers and 39 suspected Islamist terrorists were killed in some of the worst violence to grip the volatile south since mass protests began in January against President Ali Abdullah Saleh, residents and officials said.

A security official said on Wednesday the clashes broke out late on Tuesday when militants attacked troops stationed near Zinjibar, the capital of the volatile Abyan province, where militants, emboldened by months of upheaval, have seized at least three towns since March.

Warplanes targeting the attackers bombed the area and residents of the town of Jaar, some 15 km away, said the sky was lit up by the raid.

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