4 Qaeda leaders killed in S. Yemen

By Ali Oweida, Thursday, May 08, 2014

Four Al-Qaeda leaders, including a Kuwaiti national, have been killed in Yemen's southern Shabwah province

Four Al-Qaeda leaders, including a Kuwaiti national, have been killed in Yemen's southern Shabwah province

SANAA – Four Al-Qaeda leaders, including a Kuwaiti national, have been killed in Yemen's southern Shabwah province, the Yemeni military said Thursday.

The four militants were killed during an army offensive – which remains ongoing – in the Shabwah and Al-Bayda' provinces, according to a news website associated with the Defense Ministry.

Thursday's announcement comes one day after Yemeni military forces announced that they had retaken the Al-Mahfad and Mayfa'a districts in the south-central Shabwah and Abyan provinces respectively following weeklong confrontations with Al-Qaeda militants.

There was no comment from the Al-Qaeda organization.

Yemen recently launched a military offensive against what it says are Al-Qaeda elements in Shabwah and Abyan.

The country has been dogged by turmoil since pro-democracy protests in 2011 forced autocratic president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down after 33 years in power.

On Wednesday, the army said it had made "major advances" within the past few hours, killing large numbers of Al-Qaeda militants.

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