Yemen Air Strikes Kill 15 Suspected Qaeda Militants
Yemen’s air force killed at least 15 al Qaeda-linked fighters in the south including some of their leaders, a government source said on Saturday, while the U.N. refugee agency warned of a new wave of internally displaced people.
The air strikes late on Friday targeted Bayda, about 267 km (166 miles) southeast of the capital Sanaa. Militants have expanded their operations in southern Yemen during months of turmoil that eventually unseated the president.
“A number of vehicles and cars used by al Qaeda were also destroyed,” the source said. The militants were carrying equipment and weapons to launch attacks in Bayda governorate, he said.
Residents said the fighter planes had raided the western outskirts of Bayda town where the Ansar al-Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law) militants, who have been fighting Yemen’s security forces since mid-2011, had been based.