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16 al-Qaeda, pro-Hadi militants slain in southern Yemen

Iran Press TV

Wed Aug 5, 2015 10:16AM

More than a dozen al-Qaeda-linked terrorists and militants loyal to fugitive former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi have been killed in a powerful blast in the country's strategic southern province of Aden.

A Yemeni military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the 16 were killed on Tuesday, when a landmine explosion occurred in the Dar Saad district of the provincial capital city of Aden, Yemen's official and Arabic-language Saba news agency reported.

The source added that the blast took place as the militants were attempting to infiltrate into the region.

Separately, eight al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists and pro-Hadi militants were killed and more than 20 others injured when Yemeni army forces backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees carried out an ambush against them in the Sabar region of Yemen's southwestern province of Lahij.

Yemeni soldiers also managed to destroy 17 armored vehicles belonging to militants in the al-Anad area.

Meanwhile, Yemeni forces and fighters of the Popular Committees fired a barrage of mortar shells at a number of Saudi military bases, including Alib, Jahfa and Raqaba, in the kingdom's Dhahran Asir and Jizan regions. There were no immediate reports of casualties and the extent of damage inflicted.

An al-Qaeda militant commander, identified as Ahmed Nasir al-Sili, was also killed when Yemeni soldiers and allied forces launched an offensive in Lahij Province.

Additionally, unidentified armed men fatally shot a Muslim cleric, identified as Ahmed al-Mahdi, and his two companions in the western Yemeni province of Mahwit on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Saudi warplanes conducted a series of airstrikes against Yemen's central province of Ma'rib, Hajjah Province in the northwest as well as the southern province of Bayda.

Early on Wednesday, at least six civilians lost their lives and two others sustained injuries when Saudi jets fired a missile into a residential building in the Hawd al-Ashraf district of Yemen's southwestern province of Ta'izz. Local residents said five of the victims were members of one family.

On March 26, Saudi Arabia began its military aggression against Yemen – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and to restore power to Hadi, an ally of Riyadh.

Tarik Jasarevic, a spokesman for the World Health Organization, said on July 28 that 1,859 civilians were among the total of 3,984 people killed in Yemen until July 19. Local Yemeni sources, however, put the fatality figure at a much higher number.

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