Wednesday, 4 April 2012
Yemeni security forces are targeting al'Qa'ida militants in the south
Since President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi took office in February, militant groups have renewed attacks across the country.
Reports about the number of militants killed vary. One unnamed Yemeni official told AFP news agency that 38 militants had died, while another said 43 people had been killed.
Militant groups have taken advantage of on-going political turmoil and protests. In particular, a group connected to the al-Qa'ida called Ansar al-Sharia has been increasing its influence in southern Yemen over the past year.
The US has been encouraging the Yemeni authorities to fortify their efforts in tackling militant activities, as well as reportedly intensifying its own drone strikes. But the on-going tension within the country's political and military establishments is stifling the new government's efforts to curtain and control the militants.
Sources: AFP, BBC News, Reuters
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