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Yemen Says Air Raids Kill 33 Al-Qaeda Suspects

Yemen officials say air strikes killed at least 33 suspected Al-Qaeda militants in the south of the country.

The unnamed officials, quoted by Western news agencies, said 27 were killed and 55 wounded in air raids which residents said were carried out late on March 9 by U.S. warplanes on positions in Al-Bayda province, south of the capital, Sanaa.

The involvement of U.S. planes was not immediately confirmed.

In a second wave of strikes, on March 10, Yemeni planes raided Al-Qaeda positions near Jaar, 12 kilometers from the militant-held southern town of Zinjibar, killing six militants.

The air strikes were the first since 185 soldiers were killed in a massive attack on March 4 on an army camp in Abyan province, claimed by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

With AFP and Reuters reporting