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Al Qaeda says fighters alive, Yemen vows more strikes

Reuters 01/18/2010 20:19
Al Qaeda says fighters alive, Yemen vows more strikes - Middle East - Yemen - security - Al Qaeda - terrorism

DUBAI (Reuters) - The Yemen-based wing of al Qaeda said on Monday its fighters had survived an air strike last week that Yemeni officials said killed six leaders of the militant group.

Yemen, under pressure to fight a resurgent al Qaeda on its territory, also threatened al Qaeda with more strikes.

"The Yemeni government has been making many false claims ... against the Mujahideen leaders in the Arabian Peninsula," al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, said in a statement on an Islamist website used by the group.

"The latest of these claims is that it killed six of them between the provinces of al-Jawf and Saada. We assure our Muslim nation that none of the Mujahideen were killed in that strike, but some have suffered mild injuries," it added.

Yemen declared open war on the militant group last week, a day before security officials announced air strikes in northern Yemen killed six al Qaeda leaders. If true, the strikes would have dealt a severe blow to the group but the report could not be independently confirmed.

(...) "These strikes will not be the last so long as the security and stability of the country and its institutions is targeted by terrorist elements," a Defense Ministry newspaper quoted Interior Minister Muttahar al-Masri as saying.

The "September 26" newspaper said Masri was "threatening al Qaeda with more strikes."


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