Five killed in Yemen clash between al-Qaida, militants

ADEN - At least five people were killed in Yemen when a pro-government militia attacked al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants on Thursday, residents and militia sources said.
US-allied Yemen has been grappling with an Islamist insurgency since popular protests forced President Ali Abdulah Saleh to step down in November 2011.
The United States considers Yemen an important ally against al-Qaida which it fears could use the country to plot attacks against its interests, and has regularly used drones to hit suspected militants there.