SANAA - Air strikes on suspected positions of al-Qaida-linked fighters in southern Yemen killed several militants, a Yemeni military official said on Saturday.
Residents in Bayda, about 130 km (80 miles) southeast of the capital Sanaa said fighter planes late on Friday raided western outskirts of the town, where the Ansar al-Sharia militants, who have been fighting army forces since mid-2011, had been based.
"Flames and smoke could be seen rising from the area," one resident told Reuters by telephone.
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