30 Yemen soldiers killed in clashes

A Yemeni army officer looks on while standing at a checkpoint in Sanaa, Yemen.The powerful son of Yemen's embattled leader voiced support Sunday for efforts spearheaded by the opposition and the acting president to find a solution to the nation's political turmoil. (AP)

Thirty Yemeni soldiers were killed in battles that raged Wednesday between alleged Al Qaeda militants and the army in Yemen's southern city of Zinjibar, a military source told AFP.

"A total of 30 soldiers and 14 Al Qaeda militants" were killed in fighting between the army's 25th Mechanised Brigade and gunmen from the extremist network in the area surrounding Al Wahda stadium, on the outskirts of Zinjibar, the source said.

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