Yemeni planes bomb al-Qaida hide-outs, killing 5

AP News
Posted: Oct 17, 2010 1:29 PM
Yemeni planes bomb al-Qaida hide-outs, killing 5

A Yemeni official says warplanes have bombed al-Qaida hide-outs in the country's south, killing five militants.

The deputy governor of Abyan province, Salih al-Shamsi, says the airstrikes targeted areas around the town of Moudia and destroyed weapons caches.

Yemen is battling a resurgent al-Qaida presence in the country that also drew deep international concern after the terror network's local offshoot claimed responsibility for an attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner in December.

Residents said Sunday's airstrikes killed three civilians and destroyed six houses.

The deputy governor denied there were civilian deaths, saying residents had evacuated the area.

In the nearby town of Lawder, gunmen attacked an army truck carrying food supplies to Moudia.