Yemeni Military, Al-Qaeda Clash Leaves 'At Least 18 Militants' Dead
April 20, 2012
Yemen's military says its troops have seized control of an Al-Qaeda stronghold, killing at least 18 militants.
A Defense Ministry statement said on April 20 that government forces captured a district of the city of Zinjibar, in southern Abyan Province, a stronghold of the Al-Qaeda-linked Ansar al-Sharia group.
The statement said the rest of the city was controlled by militants.
The attack was part of a government offensive that began two weeks ago in Abyan.
Officials say the offensive has led to the deaths of 250 militants and 37 Yemeni soldiers.
Al-Qaeda has exploited the power vacuum left by the Arab Spring-inspired protests, which eventually forced Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign.
His successor, Abd Rabu Mansour Hadi, took office in February and has vowed to fight Al-Qaeda.
Based on reporting by dpa and AFP
Copyright (c) 2012. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.
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