Yemen: 6 al-Qaida-linked militants killed in south

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Posted: Nov 07, 2011 10:07 AM
Yemen: 6 al-Qaida-linked militants killed in south

Yemeni security forces killed six militants and injured many others Monday in fighting in a southern town seized by Islamists earlier this year, a security official said.

Monday's fighting brings the town of Zinjibar's 3-day death toll to 11. Forces killed five militants there Saturday.

Security has collapsed across the Arab world's poorest country during the 9-month popular uprising seeking to oust President Ali Abdullah Saleh. This has allowed al-Qaida linked militants to overrun a number of towns in the country's south. Yemeni security forces have been fighting for months to push them out, with frequent deaths and injuries on both sides.

The official said fighting in Zinjibar raged until the early hours of Monday. He said several members of the security forces were injured, but he did not say how many.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.