Ten Yemeni soldiers and 18 suspected al-Qaida militants were killed Wednesday in confrontations in three provinces, security officials and the defence ministry said.

Five soldiers were killed in an ambush in the southern province of Shabwa in the third attack of its kind this month blamed by security officials on the jihadists.

“Gunmen probably belonging to al-Qaida opened fire on an army vehicle in Habban in Shabwa province, killing five soldiers and wounding another,” a security official said. […]