Blast kills 4 separatists on anti Al-Qaeda sweep in Yemen

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ADEN, Yemen — An explosion caused by an improvised device killed four Yemeni separatist fighters on Monday during an antiterrorism sweep in the south of the war-ravaged country, security sources said.اضافة اعلان

“Four Yemeni soldiers were killed and six others wounded in an IED explosion targeting a military vehicle” during a campaign targeting Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Abyan province, a security official told AFP.

A second security source confirmed the toll.

On September 6, 21 separatist fighters and six AQAP members were killed when an attack by the terrorists ended months of relative peace.

Yemen has been gripped by conflict since Iran-backed Houthi rebels took control of the capital Sanaa in 2014, triggering a Saudi-led military intervention in support of the beleaguered government the following year.

AQAP and militants loyal to Daesh have thrived in the chaos.

A UN-brokered ceasefire has drastically reduced fighting between the government and Houthis since April, but outbreaks of violence continue.

The anti-Houthi camp includes motley groups such as the separatists targeted by Monday’s IED blast.

The separatists aspire to create an independent South Yemen such as the state that existed until 1990.

According to the UN, the conflict in Yemen has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions, and two thirds of the population need humanitarian aid.

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