Yemeni Forces Kill 38 Qaida Suspects

Yemen's armed forces killed 38 suspected members of al-Qaida in two days of air raids and shelling of their hideouts in the country's south, a government official said Tuesday.

"Thirty-eight members of al-Qaida were killed in shelling and air strikes that targeted their positions in Huroor throughout the past 48 hours," said the official who spoke from the nearby al-Qaida stronghold of Jaar.

The offensive followed a surprise attack by militants on a Yemeni army base in the area earlier in the weekend.

Al-Qaida-linked militants have taken advantage of a year of internal political turmoil to expand their gains in south Yemen.

Source: Agence France Presse

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