Yemen says it kills 2 al-Qaida leaders, critics voice doubt

July 21, 2011 18:19


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SANAA/DUBAI - Yemeni security sources said their forces had killed two al-Qaida leaders in the south during a bloody offensive in the flashpoint Abyan province as it seeks to regain areas seized by Islamist terrorists.

But opposition groups and security analysts are skeptical about the government's claims and say it wants to show it has the upper hand in the conflict in Abyan, where terrorists have challenged army control in recent months by seizing several areas, including the provincial capital Zinjibar.

Yemen's defense ministry website, 26, said its forces killed Ayedh al-Shabwani and Awad Mohammed al-Shabwani in fierce fighting on Wednesday.

Yemen previously reported the killing of Ayedh al-Shabwani in an air raid in January 2010, and in 2009 said it killed someone named Awad al-Shabwani.

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