ADEN - Two Yemeni soldiers and four suspected militants were killed when soldiers raided a house used by insurgents in the restive eastern province of Hadramout, a local security official said on Sunday.

Hadramout has seen an increased level of activity by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which was driven out of the southern provinces of Shabwa and Abyan earlier this year by a combined US drone and Yemeni army onslaught.

The September 26 Defense Ministry website quoted a military source as saying the raid took place in the town of al-Qatan after midnight. It said one soldier had been killed and five were wounded. The statement also added that four militants were killed and five "terrorist elements" were arrested.