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12 terrorists die in government artillery attack

SANAA —| Military and medical officials say government artillery shelling of an area in southern Yemen has killed 12 militants linked to al Qaeda and wounded three others.

The officials said Sunday the shelling was concentrated on the Dufas area in Zinjibar, capital of Abyan province. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

Militants are taking advantage of internal strife in Yemen to overrun parts of the country.

Several days ago, warplanes attacked hide-outs, killing several terrorists. The government also shelled the areas.

In response, the Ansar al-Sharia group listed in a statement the names and ranks of 12 air force and army officers it said it intended to kill for taking part in the attack.

ZAMBIA

Tainted former president to receive state funeral

LUSAKA — Zambia’s corruption-tainted former president, Frederick Chiluba, who died Saturday, will be given a state funeral, the Cabinet said Sunday, announcing a week of national mourning.

“The burial will take place on June 27 in Lusaka,” the secretary to the Cabinet, Joshua Kanganja, said in a statement.

“President Banda of the Republic of Zambia has declared Monday, June 20, to June 27 a period of national mourning for the late President Frederick Chiluba,” said Mr. Kanganja.

The 68-year-old leader ruled the southern African country from 1991 to 2001, Mr. Chiluba died at his home Saturday morning after suffering a seizure. He had been battling acute heart and kidney problems.

Mr. Chiluba was credited with turning the page on the autocratic rule of the country’s founding father, Kenneth Kaunda, but his image was later tainted by charges of embezzling state funds.

He was tried for stealing public money amounting to $500,000 during his time in office, but later was acquitted of the charges in 2008.

In 2010, a Zambian judge dismissed a ruling by a London court that found him and his associates guilty of siphoning $46 million from the state coffers.