Yemeni warplane bombs al-Qaida strongholds, three killed

Yemeni warplane bombs al-Qaida strongholds, three killed
# 15 October 2011 03:12 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. A warplane of the Yemeni air force pounded Friday evening strongholds of the al-Qaida militants, killing at least three terrorists and injuring two others in the southeastern province of Shabwa, APA reports quoting Xinhua .

An al-Qaida fortification and a checkpoint located in a road linking Azan and Rawda towns were pounded in the air strike, leaving at least three militants killed and two others injured, the provincial security official, told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Two armored vehicles of the al-Qaida militants were completely destroyed in the air strike, he said.

Shabwa, some 458 km southeast of the capital Sanaa, is considered to be another stronghold of hundreds of al-Qaida militants.

Military aircraft were still hovering over the region, according to local residents.

Although U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, one of AQAP’s prominent leaders in Yemen, was killed in a U.S. drone strike late September, analysts and experts on Islamic militant groups believe al-Qaida’s influence in the country will not be significantly affected.

Militants of the al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) are apparently taking advantage of the country’s nearly nine months of political crisis in expanding their presence in the lawless southern and eastern parts of the country.
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