Airstrike Kills 8 Suspected Militants in Yemen

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials in Yemen say an airstrike has killed eight militants in the country's south.

The officials said Thursday's strike targeted a position held by militants with suspected links to al-Qaida in Yemen.

On Wednesday, clashes between Yemeni forces and militants near Zinjibar in southern Abyan province killed at least 30 militants and seven soldiers.

Militants have taken control of several areas in southern Yemen during the six-month uprising pressing for President Ali Abdullah Saleh's resignation. Mr. Saleh remains in Saudi Arabia, where he is recovering from injuries sustained in a June attack on his presidential compound.

Government forces have been trying to remove the Islamist militants, but have made only modest headway after weeks of fighting and airstrikes.