World Bulletin/News Desk
At least eight Yemeni soldiers and 10 militants were killed in clashes on Wednesday when insurgents attacked two military posts in a southern province where a government offensive began two weeks ago, military sources said.
The sources told Reuters the fighting in Gol al-Rayda and Azzan districts of Shabwa province started early in the morning and lasted several hours.
Many of the militants fled to the mountains and turned into hit-and-run tactics against security forces and government facilities across the country.
Military sources in the field said that in Wednesday's fighting, the army forced the militants to retreat, and they took with them the bodies of their dead or wounded.
Five militant vehicles were destroyed, the Defence Ministry said. Government forces also captured a number of the militants in Azzan, who were found in possession of "documents, bombs and explosives belts", it said.