Yemen says jets, troops kill 17 militants in south

August 31, 2011 19:05

ADEN - Government forces backed by air force planes killed 17 militants on Wednesday in Yemen's volatile south, a Yemeni military official said.

Yemen has repeatedly said its forces were advancing against militants suspected of links to al-Qaida, but the army is yet to gain back control over the flashpoint province of Abyan.

Army troops pushed back the militants from an area about 8 km (5 miles) from Zinjibar, the provincial capital seized by the militants in May, the official told Reuters.

He said the army suffered "no casualties" in the fighting, in which troops seized several arms caches.

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