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Five civilians dead in south Yemen shelling

5 die in clashes between army and al-Qaeda militants in southern Yemen

AFP , Sunday 29 May 2011
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Five civilians were killed on Sunday in an artillery duel between the Yemeni army and suspected al-Qaeda militants in the southern city of Zinjibar, capital of Abyan province, a medic said.

The medic added that Al-Razi hospital in nearby Jaar had received 15 wounded civilians.

A security official said earlier that suspected al-Qaeda fighters had seized control of all of Zinjibar on Sunday except the headquarters of the 25th mechanised brigade.

A total of 21 people have been killed in fighting in Zinjibar, according to an AFP toll based on reports from medics and security officials.

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