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Yemen Army Toll In Al-Qaeda Assault Crosses 100

3/5/2012 7:47 AM ET

Death toll in the al-Qaeda attack on Army outposts in Yemen's restive south on Sunday has risen to 103, reports quoting medical officials said.

Medics at the military hospital in the southern port city of Aden said on Monday that "many soldiers died from wounds sustained in the assault" on Army posts on the outskirts of Zinjibar, capital of Abyan province, where al-Qaeda linked militants were active.

In a statement, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed that its "Mujahids" (holy warriors) had captured 70 government soldiers after they overran an artillery battalion of government troops.

"We captured 70 soldiers after we raided the government elite artillery battalion in Dovas, which was responsible for shelling Zinjibar and Jaar over the past months," the statement said.

"The Mujahids also launched a string of attacks, including bombing an explosive-laden vehicle and explosive devices, against several targets of the government military units in al-Koud and Dovas towns, killing more than 50 government soldiers, and wounding several others," AQAP claimed.

Fightings erupted on Sunday morning after twin suicide bombing attacks targeted two military bases of the Yemeni Army forces at Zinjibar and in nearby coastal town of Dovas off the Gulf of Aden.

Sunday's fighting came less than 24 hours after a resurgent AQAP launched deadly attacks against the government's elite Republican Guards in the south-eastern province of al-Bayda and the central security camp in the southern province of Hadramouth.

by RTT Staff Writer

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