Yemeni troops seize rebel munitions factory
Published Monday, June 11, 2012
Yemeni troops seized control of an Al-Qaeda munitions factory in the southern Abyan province on Monday as battles for control of the restive region killed 26 militants, local and military officials said.
The bodies of 12 militants were discovered inside the factory which lies on the outskirts of the Al-Qaeda stronghold of Jaar, a military official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
A Yemeni air raid on Al-Qaeda positions in Jaar meanwhile killed six jihadists, a local official said.
In the nearby town of Shaqra, where many of the local Al-Qaeda leadership is believed to be hiding, fierce clashes between troops and militants killed eight militants, a military official said.
Five soldiers were also wounded in the battles, the official added on condition of anonymity.
Yemeni forces launched an all-out offensive on May 12 aimed at reclaiming towns and cities lost to Al-Qaeda during the past year, including Abyan's capital Zinjibar.
Since the beginning of the attack, 483 people have been killed, according to an AFP tally combined from different sources. This includes 368 Al-Qaeda militants, 70 soldiers, 26 local armed men, and 19 civilians.