ADEN, April 2 Two Yemeni soldiers and two
al-Qaeda militants were killed on Tuesday during clashes in
Yemen's western province of Al-Hadida, ministry of interior said
on its website.
An official source from the ministry said security forces
detained four al-Qaeda militants during the early hours of the
day. Fresh clashes then erupted, leading to the fighting in
which the soldiers and militants were killed.
The remaining al-Qaeda members fled to nearby mountains,
leaving behind a car full of weapons, the source added.
Yemen has been in turmoil since mass protests forced
long-term leader Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down in 2012. His
successor, Abd-Rabbu Mansour, Hadi has been struggling to
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is one of the most
active branches of the network founded by Osama bin Laden and
militants have plotted attacks against international airlines
It is allied to a large group of local militants who have
staged an insurgency in southern Yemen for three years, seizing
areas of land, killing soldiers and bombing government and
foreign targets. The authorities typically describe both groups
as al Qaeda.
Maintaining stability in impoverished Yemen, which is also
struggling with insurgents in southern and northern regions, is
a priority for Washington and Gulf states because of its
proximity to major shipping routes and Saudi Arabia, the world's
top oil exporter.
(Reporting By Mohammed Mukhashaf; Writing By Mirna Sleiman;
Editing by Angus McDowall and Ron Popeski)