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Tuesday, 18 December, 2001, 11:28 GMT
Yemen attacks 'al-Qaeda hideout'
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Yemeni forces have attacked a village in the east of the country where they believe members of Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda network may be hiding.

One report says 12 people were killed when officers from the Yemeni police and armed forces clashed with tribesmen in the village of al-Hosn in Marib province, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) east of the capital Sanaa.

Residents of the village are believed to have refused to hand over a number of suspected al-Qaeda members when asked by the authorities to do so.

Tanks and helicopters were deployed in the attack, which involved heavy exchanges of gunfire.

Many al-Qaeda members are on the run from Afghanistan after opposition troops backed by US forces defeated the Taleban, which had been sheltering Bin Laden, wanted for the 11 September suicide attacks in the United States.

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The BBC's Frank Gardner
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