April 9th, 2012
03:53 AM ET

Militants, troops die in al Qaeda attack in Yemen

At least 21 people died in four hours of clashes between suspected al Qaeda militants and government forces in southern Yemen on Monday, security officials said.

The firefight erupted after militants hit an army barracks in the Loder district of Abyan province in an assault that included heavy artillery, according to the officials.

The dead included 12 militants, seven soldiers and two members of pro-government tribes, they said.


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