Four civilians and six gunmen died in a series of air attacks Tuesday that targeted militants who have taken control of Yemen's southern city of Zinjibar, sources told AFP. Three of the civilians died when an air strike hit the home of a top Yemeni official on the outskirts of the city, an official in Jaar Mohsen Saeed was quoted as saying by the news agency.
Yemen's military aircraft carried out several raids Tuesday against positions held by Islamists linked to Al-Qaeda in Zinjibar and its outskirts, an official in Jaar said.
Meanwhile, Yemeni authorities detained the leader of a Shiite opposition party, Hassan Zaid, at Sanaa airport on Tuesday as he was headed for the Saudi city of Jeddah, his son said. The whereabouts of Al-Haq party leader, remained unknown.