ADEN - Two Yemeni soldiers and two al-Qaida 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-Qaida 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-Qaida members fled to nearby mountains, leaving behind a car full of weapons, the source added.

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