by Staff Writers
Aden, Yemen (AFP) June 29, 2011
Thirty Yemeni soldiers were killed in battles that raged Wednesday between alleged Al-Qaeda militants and the army in Yemen's southern city of Zinjibar, a military source told AFP.
Four civilians who were fleeing the fighting in a bus also died, witnesses and medics said.
"A total of 30 soldiers and 14 Al-Qaeda militants" were killed in fighting between the army's 25th Mechanised Brigade and gunmen from the extremist network in the area surrounding Al-Wahda stadium, on the outskirts of Zinjibar, the source said.
An earlier toll said 16 soldiers, including a colonel, had been killed in the fighting while a medical official reported two militants dead.
The four civilians died when their bus was hit in a military air strike. They were travelling in a convoy of vehicles that had taken shelter near the stadium where the fighting was taking place. Twelve others were wounded.
More than 130 troops have been killed since the militants, who call themselves Partisans of Sharia (Islamic law), seized control of most of Zinjibar on May 29.
The Sanaa government says they are allied with Al-Qaeda but the opposition accuses the government of playing up a jihadist threat in a desperate attempt to keep embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh in power.
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US warns Sri Lanka on war crime charges
Washington (AFP) June 28, 2011
The United States on Tuesday urged Sri Lanka to move quickly to address allegations of war crimes, warning of rising pressure for international action if it does not. The State Department stopped short of endorsing calls for an international investigation into the bloody finale of the island's civil war in 2009, saying that domestic authorities have primary responsibility to ensure accountab ... read more
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