Monday, 27 June 2011

Battles with Al Qaeda fighters kill 11 and injure 35


SANAA: At least 11 people, including six al-Qaida militants, were killed and 35 injured in clashes between the army forces and al-Qaida militants in Yemen's port city of Aden Sunday, Xinhua reported on Monday. 

"Three soldiers, six al-Qaida militants and two passers-by were killed in shelling in the eastern entrance of Aden on Sunday and another 15 soldiers and about 20 al-Qaida elements were wounded," a military official said, requesting anonymity. 

The al-Qaida militants have stationed themselves outside Al-Alamkey entrance of Aden city about a week ago in an attempt to invade the port city, said another official. 

Yemen has been gripped by five-month-long protests across the impoverished Arab state, demanding long-time president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down. 

Prolonged impasse triggered deterioration in security and economic situations.

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