Latest update: 17/04/2012
Al Qaeda fighters exploit Yemen's political turmoil
Clashes between government security forces and al Qaeda militants have now killed hundreds in Yemen. Violence has flared around the town of Lawder, which lies along a highway linking al Qaeda strongholds in the Abyan province. Islamists have exploited the political crisis in the country after President Ali Abdullah Saleh agreed to hand over power to his deputy Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi in November 2011.