10 Qaida Fighters Killed in Yemen Army Assaultإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Yemeni warplanes and ground troops launched a dawn assault on Wednesday on al-Qaida positions in the restive southern Abyan province, killing 10 militants, local officials said.
Seven militants were killed inside Jaar when hit by artillery shells fired by troops from west of the city, a local official told Agence France Presse on condition of anonymity.
Under the control of al-Qaida since May 2011, Jaar has been the focus of an offensive by the army aimed at driving the Islamists out of the city.
Twelve militants were also wounded in Wednesday's assault on Jaar, the official added.
Three other militants were killed when army warplanes struck an al-Qaida communications center in the city of Shaqra, another local official said, adding that six jihadists were also injured in the raid.
The latest casualties came a day after al-Qaida militants killed three soldiers in an assault on an army convoy ferrying supplies to troops in the war-torn Abyan province.
Yemeni forces launched an all-out offensive on May 12 aimed at reclaiming towns and cities in Abyan lost to al-Qaida over the past year.
Since the offensive began, at least 353 people have been killed, according to a tally compiled by AFP, including 259 al-Qaida fighters, 58 military personnel, 18 local militiamen and 18 civilians.