Yemeni tribesmen bring down warplane, capture pilot

By REUTERS
September 28, 2011 13:44

 
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SANAA - Yemeni tribesmen brought down a warplane and captured its pilot on Wednesday in an area north east of the capital, where the country's air force was bombarding armed pro-opposition tribesmen, a tribal source said.

A military official said the plane, a Russian-made Sukhoi fighter, had been shot down while conducting a routine mission.

The tribal source said fighters shot down the plane using anti-aircraft weapons and detained the pilot when he jumped from the wreckage in the mountainous area of Naham.

Some tribes have aligned with protesters seeking to oust Yemini President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who unexpectedly returned to Yemen last week from Saudi Arabia during a wave of violence in the capital that left more than 100 people dead.

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