|Al-Qaida militants ambush defense minister convoy|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
SANAA, Yemen ó Al-Qaida militants ambushed the Yemeni defense ministerís motorcade in a failed assassination attempt Friday as it was returning from a visit to strategic areas and a sprawling al-Qaida base recaptured by the army, security and military officials said.
Army and security troops were engaged Friday in fierce clashes with militants atop of a hill overlooking the main road in the southern region of Mahfad.
The officials said the assailants fled, leaving three killed and two wounded who were captured by government troops, who sustained three wounded.
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