Yemen launches assaults on al-Qaida, several killed

By REUTERS
June 5, 2013 23:04

ADEN- At least 11 people were killed in Yemeni army operations against al-Qaida-linked militants on Wednesday, including an offensive in eastern Yemen, where fighters had declared their aim to set up an Islamist state.

President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, struggling with an Islamist insurgency, a separatist movement in the south, and a spate of attacks by gunmen on government targets, praised the military operations.

"What you did today ... reinforces our confidence in your ability to pursue the remnants of the terrorist elements of al-Qaida until they are uprooted," Hadi said in a message to the armed forces.

Three soldiers, including the force commander, and at least seven militants were killed in fighting at Ghail Bawazeer, north of the Hadramout provincial capital of al-Mukalla, a Yemeni military source said.


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