Clashes in south Yemen kill six civilians

Peace and Freedom

AFP

© AFP/File | Yemeni security forces stand guard near Aden Airport in 2016
ADEN (AFP) – Clashes between Yemeni security forces and gunmen in the southern city of Aden on Tuesday left six civilians dead, a security official said.The fighting erupted when security forces stormed a house in the Omar al-Mukhtar neighbourhood and arrested a man suspected of being a member of the Islamic State jihadist group, the official said.

Shortly after the operation, unidentified gunmen from the district attacked a checkpoint, triggering clashes that lasted for around three hours.

Three other civilians were wounded in the gunfight, the official said.

Aden serves as a temporary base for the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi as the capital Sanaa has been held by Shiite Huthi rebels since September 2014.

Despite several security campaigns, government forces in Aden appear to have failed to flush out jihadists who have taken advantage of…

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