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Qaeda claims huge Abyan attack, plane blast

Al-Qaeda today claimed responsibility for a string of attacks in Yemen, including an assault on soldiers that left scores dead in the southern province of Abyan and bombing of a military plane in Sanaa.

world Updated: Mar 10, 2012 08:10 IST

Al-Qaeda on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a string of attacks in Yemen, including an assault on soldiers that left scores dead in the southern province of Abyan and bombing of a military plane in Sanaa.

On March 4, "the mujahedeen carried out a series of operations... against government forces deployed at the entrances of Zinjibar," capital of Abyan province, said the group's Yemeni branch.

Islamist militants also "blew up a Yemeni airforce military plane in Dulaimi army base that was transporting weapons to Aden and Hadramawt" provinces, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) said in a statement.