A Yemeni official says security forces have killed five militants in towns seized by radical Islamists in the country's rebellious south.
The official said an airstrike by Yemeni forces killed two in the town of Shaqra on Yemen's south coast. Three others were killed in nearby Zinjibar in clashes with security forces.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.
Security has collapsed across the Arab world's poorest country during the eight-month popular uprising seeking to oust President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Islamist militants linked to al-Qaida have seized entire towns in the country's south, while deadly clashes regularly break out in the capital Sanaa and other cities between Saleh's forces and defectors from his military.