Yemen's military have reportedly taken back control of a town from al Qaeda militants , following a three-day battle that killed 17 people, AP reported on Sunday.
According to army officials, the Southern town of al-Maraksha, which was previously held by member of the terrorist network, is now back under the government's control.
Of the 17 killed, 12 were al Qaeda fighters  while the other five were a mix of government soldiers and local tribesmen supporting the military effort.
Local tribal sources told AP that the al Qaeda militants had been pushed out of al-Maraksha and had fled to East Ahwar , 200km East of Aden.
Last week, Yemen's military launched another attacked on an al Qaeda stronghold in the South  in the nearby al-Bayda province, after three Westerners were taken hostage.