Sanaa: A Yemeni official says al Qaeda
fighters have killed 13 soldiers who were escorting water
tankers in the country`s south.
The deputy governor of Abyan province, Salih
al-Shamsi, says al Qaeda gunmen ambushed the military patrol
today in Lawder in Abyan. He said the attackers fled and army
units were chasing them in the area.
Lawder was the scene of heavy fighting between Yemen`s
military and al Qaeda elements this fall after a series of
attacks on security forces in the town and surrounding area.
Yemen`s government is battling a resurgent al Qaeda
presence in the country that also drew deep international
concern after the terror network`s local offshoot claimed
responsibility for an attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound
airliner in December, 2009.