500 al-Qaeda militants killed in five-week offensive

  • AFP, Sanaa
  • Updated: Jun 05, 2014 15:26 IST

Yemeni forces have killed 500 suspected al-Qaeda militants in an all-out offensive against them in their southern strongholds that began on April 29, the army spokesman said on Thursday.

Forty soldiers were killed and another 100 wounded in the operation in the provinces of Shabwa and Abyan, in which 39 militants were captured, Colonel Saeed al-Fakeih told reporters.

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