Four killed, 10 wounded in s. Yemen Islamist clashes

ADEN - At least four Yemeni soldiers were killed and several wounded when fighters from an al-Qaida-linked group attacked a military position near the southern city of Lawdar on Monday, residents and local officials said.
They said fighters from Ansar al-Sharia launched a dawn attack on an army outpost near the city, which is in Abyan province where the group already controls significant territory, and about 120 km from the southern port city of Aden.
The group took that territory during the turmoil that led to the replacement of president Ali Abdullah Saleh by his deputy, a deal that Saudi Arabia and Washington hope will keep al-Qaida from getting a foothold near key oil shipping routes.
Mohammed Nasser, a resident of Lawdar, speaking by telephone with the sound of artillery and small arms fire audible, said the fighting lasted three hours.