6 more killed in Yemen's southeast province following day of air strikes against al-Qaeda militants
Clashes between Al-Qaeda militants and Yemen security officials, including the country's army, have escalated since the oust of the former president in 2011 (Reuters)
Agence France-Presse reported Wednesday that clashes between al-Qaeda militants and security officials left six dead in Yemen's southeastern Hadramawt province. Three militants and three police personnel were killed.
According to the report, two unidentified militants were hiding in two houses in Shahr, Hamdramawt's main city, opened fire around dawn on police who were searching the area. The fighting between the two sides continued intermittently for several hours and spread to other parts of the city. No information was provided by the police regarding if additional militants or individuals had been killed or wounded from the clashes before fighting subsided later in the afternoon.
The bodies of the al-Qaeda militants were taken to by security forces to the Ibn Sina hospital in Mukalla.
Hadramawt is considered an extremist stronghold in Yemen, an area where al-Qaeda affiliated AQAP remains extremely active in the country.
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