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Yemeni airstrike kills six al Qaeda suspects

world Updated: Jan 15, 2010 20:45 IST

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Six suspected al Qaeda members are dead after an airstrike on one of the group's hideouts north-east of the capital Sana'a, Yemen's Defence Ministry reported Friday.

The airstrike targeted a desert site between Al-Jaws and Marib provinces.

Further details were not immediately available, but the incident underscores the escalation of tensions in the region, with Yemen now in the spotlight as a possible breeding ground for armed Islamist extremism due to its ongoing civil war and proximity to other hotbeds such as Somalia.

On Thursday, more than 150 Yemeni clerics threatened to declare Jihad if any foreign troops entered the Arab country to fight al Qaeda.