Tribesmen shoot down Yemeni army helicopter

Witnesses said the helicopter pilot was killed when the helicopter came down in the central Maarib province.

Tribesmen shoot down Yemeni army helicopter

World Bulletin / News Desk

Tribesmen shot down a Yemeni military helicopter on Tuesday as it fired rockets at gunmen suspected of involvement in blowing up oil pipelines in the centre of the country, witnesses said.

The government has been frustrated by repeated attacks on Yemen's main oil export pipeline, often carried out by disgruntled tribesmen seeking personal gain or trying to force authorities to release jailed relatives.

Witnesses said the helicopter pilot was killed when the helicopter came down in the central Maarib province.

"The helicopter was firing from a low altitude at armed tribesmen accused of blowing up the oil pipeline," one witness said. "The gunmen fired back with a machinegun and it crashed."

Defence Ministry officials could not immediately be reached for a comment.

Last Mod: 06 Ağustos 2013, 17:52
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