A security official in Yemen says heavily armed al-Qaida militants laid a siege to a coast guard camp in a southern town, shelling its barrack and killing four coast guard members.

The official says al-Qaida militants used anti-aircraft guns mounted on pickup trucks Sunday in the coastal town of al-Shahr in the province of Hadramawt overlooking the Gulf of Aden.

The official says the military deployed troops and tanks and fought with the al-Qaida militants. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters. […]