30 Al-Qaeda insurgents and eight soldiers dead in Yemen

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Sanaa: The Yemeni army killed more than 30 al Qaeda insurgents in heavy fighting, a senior military commander said, after the terrorist attacked a military posts in a southern province where the government launched an offensive two weeks ago. A military source said the terrorists had surprised troops at military outposts in the Azzan and Gol al-Rayda districts of Shabwa province, killing at least eight soldiers and sparking a battle that raged for hours. An army colonel was among the dead, a Defense Ministry source said.