SANAA Dec 30 Yemeni security forces clashed
with al Qaeda fighters in western Hudaydah province on
Wednesday, wounding several, a Yemeni official said.
One militant was also captured in the gunbattle in the Deir
Jaber area, the security official told Reuters. He gave no
Yemen has been thrust into the world spotlight when al
Qaeda's regional wing said it was behind the failed Christmas
Day bombing of a U.S. passenger plane.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) said on Monday it
had provided the Nigerian suspect with a "technically advanced
device" and told Americans more attacks would come.
Analysts fear Yemen might collapse due to a Shi'ite
rebellion in the north, a separatist movement in the south and
al Qaeda attacks. The impoverished country borders Saudi Arabia,
the world's biggest oil exporter.
Sanaa has said it killed dozens of al Qaeda members in two
attacks this month.
(Reporting by Mohamed Sudam; Writing by Firouz Sedarat; Editing
by Angus MacSwan)