By Fatik al-Rdoaini
SANA'A, May 17, 2012-
At least three al-Qaeda militants were killed on Wednesday night in an American drone strike in the Yemeni city of Shibam, eastern Hadhramout province.
According to security sources the American strike rocked a convoy of al-Qaeda militants, killing three passengers in it.
"After a racket hit the vehicle of al-Qaeda militants, there was a series of explosions from a vehicle believed to be laden with explosives," a resident reported.
Meanwhile, battles between Ansar al-Sharia , a terror group linked to al-Qaeda, and Yemeni troops backed by tribesmen have been continued for the fifth consecutive day in Yemen's southern province of Abyan.
A tribal source said that militants fled the scene of the battles in al-Haror district of Zanjibar, which has been witnessing lately fierce battles between Yemen's army forces along with local tribal allies against AQAP in a tempt by Yemen central government to regain swaths of towns seized by the group since the last year.
The source reported that clashes took place in Mothelath al-Kahraba since Wednesday night between the militants and the local tribal committees.
Witnesses said that tens of al-Qaeda militants fled towards Shakera district, while tribal committees vowing to continue their battles to control the whole province of Abyan.
''The whole residents of Abyan celebrated the victory against al-Qaeda,'' a resident in Abyan commented.