Fight­ing kills 30 troops, 14 mil­i­tants

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SANAA | In­tense clashes erupted Sun­day be­tween Ye­meni sol­diers and al Qaeda fight­ers in the south­ern prov­ince of Abyan, killing at least 30 gov­ern­ment troops and 14 of the mil­i­tants, mil­i­tary of­fi­cials said.

The of­fi­cials said the fight­ing was tak­ing place west of Abyan’s pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal of Zin­jibar, held by mil­i­tants since May. They spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they were not au­tho­rized to speak to the me­dia.

The vi­o­lence in Abyan high­lights the chal­lenges fac­ing Ye­men af­ter a year of po­lit­i­cal tur­moil that has al­lowed al Qaeda to seize sev­eral towns in the law­less south and with­stand re­peated army of­fen­sives to re­take them.

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