By Fatik al-Rodaini
SANA'A, May 15, 2012- According to witnesses and officials two al-Qaeda militants were killed along with 9 civilians in Yemen's southern province of Abyan, where fierce battles have been taking place for more than a month between militants linked to al-Qaeda and Yemeni troops backed by tribesmen.
The sources said that two Yemeni air strikes hit on Tuesday morning a house in the Yemeni city of Jaar of Abyan province killing two al-Qaeda militants in the first raid while nine civilians who had gathered around the residence right after the attack died in a second air raid.
In related news, at least 8 al-Qaeda militants along with 2 committee fighters were killed and 8 committee fighters were wounded on Thursday morning during clashes between the militants and tribesmen in the city of Lawder, another town in the southern Abyan province..
Meanwhile an army official said that two soldiers were killed in battles between Yemen's army and Al-Qaeda militants around Lawder of Abyan province.
Close sources said that Yemeni army backed by tribesmen regained control over Jabel Yossef in Abyan.