By Nasser Arrabyee/22/08/2010
A total of 7 AL Qaeda operatives were killed including three foreigners in clashes between the Yemeni security forces and Al Qaeda in Lawdar, Abyan province , south of Yemen, said the ministry of interior in a statement Sunday.
Al Qaeda operatives killed more than 11 soldiers in an ambush in clashes with the Yemeni forces in the town of Lawdar.
Security and military forces have been surrounding the town of Lawdar since Friday. The government officials pressure on tribal chiefs to surrender dozens of Al Qaeda operatives barricading in some of the houses of the town. Tribal chiefs appeal to the government to be careful about the lives of the citizens of the town.
Hundreds of people from Lawdar were seen Saturday and Sunday leaving the town after receiving warnings from the army not to be human shields for Al Qaeda fighters.