11 die in Yemeni army, Al Qaeda clashes

June 27th, 2011 - 11:10 am ICT by IANS  

Sana’a, June 27 (IANS) At least 11 people, inluding six Al Qaeda militants, were killed and 35 injured in clashes between the army forces and Al Qaeda militants in Yemen’s port city of Aden Sunday, Xinhua reported Monday.

“Three soldiers, six Al Qaeda militants and two passers-by were killed in shelling in the eastern entrance of Aden Sunday (and) another 15 soldiers and about 20 Al Qaeda elements were wounded,” a military official said, requesting anonymity.

The Al Qaeda militants have stationed themselves outside Al-Alamkey entrance of Aden city about a week ago in an attempt to invade the port city, said another official.

Yemen has been gripped by five-month-long protests across the impoverished Arab state, demanding long-time president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.

Prolonged impasse triggered deterioration in security and economic situations.

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