Yemeni planes bomb al-Qaida hide-outs, killing 5

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SAN'A, Yemen (AP) - A Yemeni official says warplanes have bombed al-Qaida hide-outs in the country's south, killing five militants.

The deputy governor of the province says the airstrikes targeted areas around the town of Moudia and destroyed weapons caches.

Yemen is battling a resurgent al-Qaida presence in the country that also drew deep international concern after the terror network's local offshoot claimed responsibility for an attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner in December.

Residents says today's airstrikes killed three civilians and destroyed six houses.

The deputy governor denied there were civilian deaths, saying residents had evacuated the area.

In the nearby town of Lawder, gunmen attacked an army truck carrying food supplies to Moudia.

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