Army says killed five militants in S. Yemen

Yemeni troops killed a local al Qaeda commander and four of his aides in clashes in a southern province where the army has been waging an offensive

Army says killed five militants in S. Yemen

World Bulletin/News Desk

The Yemeni army said Sunday that five "terrorists", including a senior leader of Al-Qaeda, were killed in the southern province of Shabwah.

"The army managed to kill senior Al-Qaeda leader al-Meqdad along with his four aides in the southern province," the army-affiliated 26 September website quoted a military source as saying.

The source, however, did not provide further details about how the five men were killed.

"Al-Qaeda remnants can no longer hide," the source said, adding that Yemeni army forces are now hunting down Al-Qaeda fugitives.

Yemen recently launched an offensive against suspected Al-Qaeda elements in the south, where the group continues to stage sporadic attacks on army and police personnel.

The country has been dogged by turmoil since pro-democracy protests in 2011 forced autocratic president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down after 33 years in power.

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