AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
ADEN: Thirty-three people, including six soldiers, were killed in Saturday clashes between Al-Qaeda and the army in southern Yemen as troops advanced towards the Abyan provincial capital Zinjibar, military and local sources said.
Soldiers managed early today to deal heavy blows to terrorists in Maraqid and Mashqasa killing 20 terrorist elements, most of them Somalis,” Brigadier General Mohammed al-Sawmali told defence ministry news website 26sep.net. “Two soldiers were killed and four others were wounded,” 26sep.net quoted him as saying.
Troops “cleansed” Maraqi and Mashqasa, located on the northeastern outskirts of Zinjibar, and seized machineguns, rockets, and rocket propelled grenades, the same source said.
Meanwhile, at Jaar, a major Al-Qaeda stronghold in Abyan, four soldiers were killed in battles on the town’s outskirts, a military official said.