Written By: Mohammed al-Kibsi & Nasser Arrabyee
Article Date: May 10, 2012 - 5:46:10 PM
Al-Qaeda is holding an 8-year old boy who was kidnapped with his father, relatives of the boy said Thursday.
Ezat Ghalib was living with his father who was working as cook for the troops in Dawfas, said the relatives.
The father Ghalib, from Ibb province, was kidnapped last Monday when Al Qaeda attacked two military positions at the outskirts of Zinjubar, killing at least 20 and kidnapping about 25.
Earlier in Thursday, 10 al-Qaeda operatives were killed in a US drone attack and a number of air strikes by Yemeni air forces on the areas of Al Husn in Ja’ar town the strong hold of Al Qaeda.
Yemen naval cannons bombard al-Qaeda positions in Abyan province in south Yemen
Meanwhile Xinhua affirmed that the assaults were conducted by Yemeni navy but not by US drones. Xinhua quoted a Yemen I official as saying that Yemeni navy forces shelled several strongholds of the al-Qaida terrorist group in the southern province of Abyan early on Thursday, leaving at least nine terrorists killed.
“Missiles have been fired by warships from the sea against various hideouts of the al-Qaida terror group in the insurgents- controlled town of Jaar, killing at least nine terrorists,” the local government official said on condition of anonymity.
"Heavy shelling struck several compounds believed to be used by the al-Qaida insurgents in downtown Jaar," the official said.
"Two local leaders of the al-Qaida are believed to be amongst the killed fighters, including al-Qaida leader Abu Hudaifa and three of his escorts," he added.
A local resident told Xinhua anonymously that "huge blasts were heard in a school in Jaar's neighborhoods, where dozens of al- Qaida militants gathered."
Local sources told Yemen Observer that Al-Qaeda high profile Abu Huthaifa Al Sanani was one of those killed.
Al-Qaeda said Kheldoon Al Sayed, the second man in Abyan after the Emir Al Khadir Hussein Al Jadani, was killed with three others by another US drone on the area of Al Mashro in Shaqrah, 50 km east of Zinjubar.
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