Pro-Regime Gunmen Kill 12 'Qaida' Militants in Yemen
Pro-government gunmen fighting al-Qaida alongside the Yemeni army have killed 12 suspected militants as jihadists attacked the southern town of Loder, one of the fighters said on Friday.
"Two vehicles were destroyed and 12 fighters killed" late Thursday by the gunmen, he told Agence France Presse, adding the militants had attacked the southern entrance to the town in restive Abyan province.
The gunmen, who belong to the so-called Popular Resistance Committees, were supported by army artillery as they pushed the militants back, the fighter said.
He added that four civilians were wounded when two mortars fired by al-Qaida suspects struck Loder.
Al-Qaida seized Loder in August 2010, but the army eventually drove it out.
Loder lies 150 kilometers northeast of Zinjibar, capital of Abyan province, which was overrun last May by the Partisans of Sharia (Islamic law), an affiliate of al-Qaida in the Arabic Peninsula.