Yemen troops battle militants

Nineteen people have been killed in clashes between Yemeni troops and al-Qaida militants in a strategic southern city, officials say.

Nineteen people have been killed in clashes between Yemeni troops and al-Qaida militants in a strategic southern city, officials say.

Government forces have reportedly liberated the eastern part of Zinjibar from al Qaida-linked fighters.

The group took control of the city as well as other territory during last year’s uprising by Yemenis against the former president.

The new Yemeni government has been trying to displace al Qaida from these towns and cities.

A medical official said 12 al Qaida militants and seven troops died in the clashes.

The militants turned a kindergarten in the nearby town of Jaar into a field hospital to treat their injured.

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