Yemen: 19 militants killed in military offensive

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Posted: Apr 19, 2012 4:30 PM
Yemen: 19 militants killed in military offensive

Yemeni military officials and witnesses say ground troops have advanced on the provincial capital of Abyan province with heavy clashes that killed 19 al-Qaida-linked militants.

The officials said Thursday the troops seized a neighborhood in southeast Zinjibar during the first ground operation in the al-Qaida stronghold since the summer. The Defense ministry in a statement said 19 militants were killed.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the operation was still under way.

The military has been waging a wide offensive against militant positions in southern Yemen. Al-Qaida militants have been trying to regain control Lawder, a town north of Zinjibar, after residents chased them out last summer.