Six suspected militants, three Yemen troops killed in clashes

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Updated 17 August 2014
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Six suspected militants, three Yemen troops killed in clashes

ADEN: Six suspected Al-Qaeda militants and three Yemeni troops died in clashes Sunday in the southeastern province of Hadramawt, scene of frequent attacks on the army, a local official said.
“At dawn, armed forces bombarded a house where Al-Qaeda fighters had barricaded themselves in, killing three of them and wounding others,” the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The body of a fourth militant was later found in the house in the Hadramawt town of Qatan, along with four people who were arrested, a military source said.
He said the people arrested were two men — a Yemeni and a Somali — and two women, a Pakistani and a Filipino.
Responding to the army’s action, other militants attacked an army position in Qatan, sparking a shootout, the local official said.
“Three soldiers were killed and six wounded during four hours of fighting,” the official said, adding: “Two of the attackers died and four were wounded.”
Weapons of various calibre were used in the skirmish and several nearby homes were damaged, witnesses said.
On Thursday, a policeman and two militants died in clashes in Mukalla, capital of Hadramawt.
Authorities in the city said they had prevented three suicide car bomb attacks against an official residence, a police barracks and another police site.
The defense ministry said it had “thwarted a dangerous criminal plan by Al-Qaeda” in Mukalla.
On Saturday night, gunmen riding motor bikes shot and killed two Yemeni men in separate attacks in the southern province of Lahij, a security source said on Sunday, blaming Al-Qaeda for the murders.


Libyan coast guard intercepts 40 migrants bound for Europe

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Libyan coast guard intercepts 40 migrants bound for Europe

  • Libya has emerged as a major transit point to Europe for people fleeing poverty and civil war elsewhere in Africa
  • Libyan authorities have stepped up efforts to stem the flow of migrants with the help of training and money from Europe

CAIRO: Libya’s coast guard says it has intercepted 40 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, near its shores, bound for Europe.
Coast guard spokesman Ayoub Gassim says a boat carrying 31 men, eight women and a child was stopped on Saturday off the coast of the western city of Zuwara.
He said on Sunday the migrants, who are of Moroccan, Egyptian, Syrian and Nigerian nationalities, were taken to a naval base in Tripoli.
Libya has emerged as a major transit point to Europe for people fleeing poverty and civil war elsewhere in Africa. Human traffickers have exploited Libya’s chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime ruler Muammar Qaddafi.
Libyan authorities have stepped up efforts to stem the flow of migrants with the help of training and money from Europe.