At least 133 people have been killed in two days of deadly battles between Yemeni security forces and al-Qaeda militants, AFP reported Tuesday (April 10th).
The toll, which was confirmed by tribal sources, comprises 102 al-Qaeda militants -- among them 12 Somalis and many Saudis -- 14 soldiers, and eight tribesmen fighting alongside the army, according to AFP.
An attack launched by al-Qaeda militants on Tuesday at dawn killed nine soldiers and wounded eight others.
The attack took place after dawn prayers on a makeshift military post in a desert area on a road between Marib and Hadramout provinces.
Meanwhile, in clashes Monday between al-Qaeda and the Yemeni army in the city of Loder, Abyan province, at least 78 people were killed. By Tuesday, al-Qaeda had surrounded the area in preparation for complete takeover of the town, AFP reported.
The fighting in Loder followed airstrikes Monday that killed 24 suspected al-Qaeda militants.