Suspected Al-Qaeda militants on Saturday opened fire on a Yemeni army officer, seriously wounding him in a drive-by shooting attack, military and medical sources said.

"Two Al-Qaeda gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on the car of Lieutenant Colonel Saeed al-Maliki, wounding him," a military spokesman for the army's 111 battalion in the southern town of Loder told AFP.

A hospital source said Maliki was hit by two bullets and was in serious condition.

Loder is in Abyan province which is considered a stronghold of the regional jihadist network, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP.

On Monday the defence ministry said Yemeni troops killed 11 Al-Qaeda militants during fighting in the south of the country, calling it a "hard blow" for the Islamist network.

Two Yemeni soldiers were also killed and five wounded in the clashes, a statement on the ministry's website said without providing a date for the bloodshed.

A week ago Saturday a Yemeni intelligence officer was killed in a drive-by shooting outside his home in Loder, doctors said.

Source: AFP Global Edition