Security officials say two Yemeni soldiers were shot dead during a raid on an al-Qaida hideout in the southeastern province of Hadramawt, where the army is carrying out an offensive.

A military statement says security officials detained the owner of the farmland where al-Qaida militants were operating. They say Abdullah Ashour allowed al-Qaida to use his land.

Also, the army says it has arrested four suspected militants in another area of Hadramawt. The security officials spoke anonymously Monday because they were not authorized to release the information to reporters.

The government launched an offensive last week in Hadramawt to try to rout out al-Qaida forces.

President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi warned over the weekend al-Qaida militants were seeking to control parts of the province.