Ashwaq Arrabyee, 13/1/2010
One Al Qaeda leader was killed and four other militants were arrested in clashes with the security forces in southern province of Shabwa, security sources said Wednesday.
The security official source of the Interior Ministry said that AlQaeda leader called Abdullah Al-Mehdhar who was leading an Al Qaeda cell was killed late Tuesday in clashes with the security forces in Al Houta area, in Shabwa province.
Two soldiers were killed and four others injured in an ambush in Haban district while they were in the way to reinforce the security forces surrounding the house of Al Qaeda leader Al-Mehdhar in Al Houta since early Tuesday.
The Ministry of Interior identified the four captured Al Qaeda militants in a statement as Abdullah Oqail Omar, Anwar Ahmed Al-Garimy, Naser AlDeen Sheikh Al-Gafen, Laith Sehikh Al-Gafen.
The security forces are still surrounding a group of Al Qaeda militants who escaped to a mountainous area, the sources said.
Earlier, Shabwa governor said tens of the Al Qaeda militants who came from Afghanistan have found safe refuge for them in Al Kur mountainous area in Shabwa.