Air strikes pound Al Qaeda leader's home

A trooper mans a machine gun on top of a police vehicle in Sanaa. Yemen began a wave of new air strikes yesterday. (REUTERS)

Yemeni jets pounded the home of a suspected Al Qaeda leader yesterday, an army source said, as the military stepped up pressure on the group believed behind a bid to down a US airliner.

British Prime Minister Gordon, meanwhile, announced in London the suspension of direct flights from Yemen until further security measures are agreed, in the wake of the Christmas Day Detroit bombing scare. A Yemeni tribal source confirmed the air strikes in Erq Al Shabwan village, in Maarib province, and said a number of people had been killed. Local forces were responding with anti-aircraft fire.

The wave of air strikes, which began in the morning, blasted the house of Ayed Al Shabwani, one of six Al Qaeda leaders the government said were killed in an air strike last week, the tribal source said.

 

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