Al Qaeda gunmen killed 10 Yemeni soldiers when they ambushed them on a road in southern Yemen, a military official said on Thursday. The gunmen opened fire on the vehicle in which the soldiers were travelling on Wednesday north of the city of Loder, in Abyan province, killing them all, the official told AFP.
Also in the south, a civilian and two troops were killed in clashes in the city of Taez where tribesmen have been fighting forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh, officials said on Thursday. A tank shell fired from a position of the Republican Guard hit a bus travelling in the city's central Rawda district, a local official told AFP. The driver was killed and four passengers injured.
Meanwhile, other reports said two soldiers died in "a militia attack by opposition parties" and that five other soldiers and three civilians were hurt during fighting in Taez.