Fighting kills 30 troops, 14 militants
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.