By Nasser Arrabyee,12/05/2012
A total of 28 people were killed Saturday in clashes and shelling between Al Qaeda fighters and Yemeni army that says it is preparing for the " decisive and historic" battle for eradicating terrorism in the south, said military and local sources.
At least 8 soldiers were killed including colonel Mohammed Al Bukhaiti, and 12 others were injured in the preliminary clashes that happened as the army advanced towards Zinjubar and Jaar, said the military sources. .
And 20 fighters from Al Qaeda were killed air strikes and artillery shelling in addition to the clashes with troops that started to advance towards the two Al Qaeda-held towns of Zinjubar and Jaar, according to local sources.
The local sources also said that helicopters dropped leaflets and publications urging the residents to stay away from the places where terrorists stay to save their lives.
The 25the Mechanized brigade advanced to the area of Husn Shaddad, to help the troops in Dafwas and Al Kud at the outskirts of Zinjubar, which became almost surrounded from all directions.
And Al Huror area the troops advanced 10 km west of Jaar to the area of Al Abadi, the sources said.
American military experts are participating in preparation for the " decisive battle".