Missiles fired from sea slam into Qaeda positions in Zinjibar

War in Yemen did not end

ADEN - Missiles fired from the sea slammed into Al-Qaeda positions in the southern Yemeni city of Zinjibar on Sunday killing at least 16 suspected militants, a local official said.
He said the heavy shelling began overnight targeting the northeastern suburbs of Zinjibar, which jihadists have controlled since May following fierce fighting with government troops.
"Many bases of Al-Qaeda were destroyed," and 16 jihadists were killed, the official said on condition of anonymity.
The attacks were launched from the sea, he added.
Witnesses in the nearby town of Jaar said the bodies of 16 gunmen were buried in a makeshift graveyard in an ammunition factory. The corpses were torn to pieces.
Yemeni forces also launched air raids south of Jaar, another stronghold of Al-Qaeda, the official said.
Zinjibar is the capital of Abyan province, a stronghold of the jihadists' local affiliate Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, whose militants fight under the banner of Partisans of Sharia (Islamic law).
Meanwhile, gunmen on a motorbike killed a US teacher in Yemen's second city of Taez, an official said, just days after suspected Al-Qaeda militants kidnapped a Swiss female teacher in the country.
The assailants opened fire on the man, who was the deputy director of a Swedish language centre in the city 270 kilometres (170 miles) southwest of Sanaa, the security official said on condition of anonymity.
The victim was in his car in the neighbourhood of Sena, he said, adding the gunmen fled the scene after the shooting.
The US embassy in Sanaa said it did not have any information about the killing and that it was investigating the report.
Another security official said the attack appeared to be the work of Al-Qaeda.
"It carries the fingerprints of Al-Qaeda, but investigations are ongoing" to identify the culprits, the investigating officer said, asking not to be named.
The United States says the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, is the most active branch of the global terror network.
Witnesses said however that the attackers were dressed in the uniform of the elite Republican Guard, led by the son with former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, Ahmed.
Opponents of Saleh have repeatedly called for the command of the military to be purged of relatives of the veteran leader, who was forced to step down last month after year-long protests inspired by the Arab Spring.
The attack comes two days after an official said suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen abducted a Swiss woman, also a teacher at a language school, in the Red Sea port of Hodeida and moved her to the restive province of Shabwa further to the east.
The Swiss foreign ministry confirmed the abduction and said it had been informed the woman had been kidnapped late Wednesday and were trying to seek her release.
Al-Qaeda militants have exploited the weakening central government in Sanaa to strengthen their presence in the country, especially across the restive south and southeast.
In other violence on Sunday, missiles fired from the sea slammed into Al-Qaeda positions in the southern city of Zinjibar, killing at least 16 suspected militants, a local official said.
He said the heavy shelling began overnight targeting the northeastern suburbs of Zinjibar, which jihadists have controlled since May following fierce fighting with government troops.
Al-Qaeda's local branch is active in the south and east of Yemen, but not in Taez, which was a major centre for the opposition movement that eventually forced former president Saleh to step down.
More than 200 people have been abducted in Yemen during the past 15 years, many of them by members of the country's powerful tribes who use them as bargaining chips with the authorities.
Almost all of those kidnapped were later freed unharmed.
Al-Qaeda militants have exploited the weakening central government in Sanaa to strengthen their presence in the country, especially across the restive south and southeast.