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Two al-Qaeda leaders killed, major highway reopened in Abyan

Two al-Qaeda leaders killed, major highway reopened in Abyan

[11/April/2012]



SANA'A, April 11 (Saba) - The military troops managed after heavy fighting Wednesday left dozens of al-Qaeda militants killed to open a major highway in Abyan governorate.

An official source in Lawder district was quoted by the Defense Ministry website, 26September.net, as saying that the armed forces in cooperation with Abyan's tribesmen have drove out the terrorist militants from "Yassouf" site and reopened Lawder-Mukayras highway after destroying several checkpoints created by Al-Qaeda along the highway.

"A number of al-Qaeda leaders and militants, including Saudis, Somalis and Pakistanis were killed in the last hours fighting", the source said, adding that the armed forces shelled "Zara" area and air strikes targeted a gathering of al-Qaeda in the area of "Um Ain".

Abyan's tribesmen battled al-Qaeda in Lawder outskirts killing two senior members Dardish Ahmed Mohammed Taher and Imad al-Manshaby, a field leader, and ten other elements, he said.

About 15 tribesmen were also killed in the clashes, according to the source.

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