Two Yemeni security officers and five suspected al-Qaeda members died in a gunbattle Monday in a southern Yemeni town, a provincial security official said. Authorities also captured two suspects during the shootout, which took place in Tarim in Hadramawt province, the official said, according to the AP.
The provincial governor, Ahmed al-Khanbashi, said earlier that troops surrounded a house and exchanged gunfire with men inside who were believed to be members of al-Qaeda network . He put the death toll at two gunmen.
Locals said shooting raged for about two hours and some armed men managed to escape.