36 killed in Yemen

2012-05-20 09:01

Sanaa - Yemeni officials say fresh clashes with al-Qaeda fighters in the south have left at least 34 people dead, while a suspected US drone strike has killed two militants.

The officials say the drone attack took place in the central province of Bayda, killing a Somali and a Yemeni militants.

Al-Qaeda briefly overran parts of Bayda earlier this year.

Further south in Abyan province, fighting between Yemeni troops and al-Qaeda fighters killed 12 soldiers and 22 al-Qaeda militants.

The officials say the clashes took place about 10km outside Jaar, a key town that has been under the control of militants since last year.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with military regulations.

Read more on:    al-qaeda  |  yemen  |  security
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