Seven al-Qaida-linked militants killed in Yemen clashes

ADEN - At least seven militants linked to al-Qaida were killed in clashes in Yemen's restive south, a regional tribal spokesman said on Saturday, as the impoverished Arab state fights to tame a stubborn insurgency.
Yemen has launched an offensive against Islamist insurgents in the territory who took advantage of the chaos surrounding more than a year of mass protests and fighting that unseated Ali Abdullah Saleh from the presidency.
Ali Aidah, spokesman for an army-allied tribal force, said five militants from Ansar al-Sharia, an al-Qaida-affiliated group, were killed in an ambush by tribesmen in the al-Arkoub area near the southern city of Lawder on Friday night.
Two more militants were killed in an attack by tribesmen in another area outside of Lawder, he said.