Yemen clash kills soldier, four suspected militants
At least 1,200 troops have been sent to Hadramawt over the past days as reinforcement in the offensive against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.
A firefight between Yemeni troops and Al-Qaeda fighters killed one soldier and four suspected militants, the Defense Ministry said in a statement Sunday.
The ministry said the military targeted a house where it believed militants stayed in the southeastern province of Hadramawt. It said five suspected militants were arrested after the overnight clashes that lasted until early Sunday.
Security officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters, said the firefight killed three soldiers and wounded six. The different accounts could not be immediately reconciled.
At least 1,200 troops have been sent to Hadramawt over the past days as reinforcement in the offensive against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which the U.S. considers to be the group's most dangerous offshoot.
Earlier in August, al-Qaida militants killed 15 soldiers in Hadramawt after seizing them from a public bus in apparent retaliation to the army offensive against the group.
Yemen official says 7 suspected militants killedSeven suspected militants were killed in two separate airstrikes in Yemen’s south Middle East
Al-Qaeda in Yemen urges all militants to target AmericaAl-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula calls on all Islamist groups ‘to go after America as part of its plan for jihad’ Middle East
Fighting kills at least 15 in northeast YemenFighting erupted in the northeastern province on Tuesday night using heavy weaponry. Middle East
Terror tunnel found near Yemen ex-president homeThe 88-metre (290-foot) tunnel was connected to a hangar north of Ali Abdullah Saleh's residence Middle East
Yemen army says 18 al-Qaeda militants killedArmy units have been reinforcing the city over fears of al-Qaeda attacks, which has a powerful presence in the south Middle East