Yemen army clashes with Islamists, 34 killed
ByREUTERS
13 April 2012 19:36
Government forces clashing with al-Qaida-linked Islamists kill 28 militants; death toll for week nears 200.
HOUTHI SHI’ITE rebels in Yemen

HOUTHI SHI’ITE rebels in Yemen 370. (photo credit:Khaled Abdullah/Reuters)

ADEN - At least 34 people, mostly Islamist militants, were killed near the southern Yemeni city of Lawdar on Friday in clashes between government forces and an al-Qaida linked group, official and tribal sources said.

Yemen's military launched an offensive five days ago against Islamic insurgents who attacked a military camp outside Lawdar.



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The Defense Ministry said 28 militants were killed during clashes west of Lawdar, according to a statement on its website. A local official and tribal sources said three militants and three tribesmen fighting alongside the government forces were killed in separate clashes outside Lawdar.

The clashes brought the death toll since fighting erupted on Monday to nearly 200 people, according to local sources.

A local official said the Yemeni air force bombed two sites held by Ansar al-Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law), a group affiliated with al-Qaida , but no casualties were reported.

The group seized control of a significant amount of territory in Abyan during the turmoil that led to the replacement of President Ali Abdullah Saleh by his deputy.

Saudi Arabia and the United States hope the political deal will prevent al-Qaida from getting a foothold near oil shipping routes.

The conflict with Islamists in the south is one of several challenges facing the new president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who took office vowing to fight al-Qaida .
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