Ten Yemeni troops were injured in clashes Wednesday with Al-Qaeda suspects as they tried to arrest a local leader over last week's murder of a top officer, sources told AFP. The soldiers raided the home of Hassan Abdullah Saleh al-Uqaily in Al-Himma, east of the capital Sanaa, in a bid to arrest him, a tribal source said.
The suspect managed to flee but clashes broke out with a group of his supporters during which 10 troops were injured, a medical official said.
Uqaily's home was completely demolished in the clashes, the tribal source said.
Colonel Mohammed Saleh al-Shaief and two of his bodyguards died on Saturday when Al-Qaeda gunmen opened fire on their convoy south of the eastern city of Marib, military and tribal sources said.