x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Al Qa'eda kills six Yemeni soldiers

Militants ambush an army patrol in the second attack on local security forces in the restive southern province of Shabwa this week.

SAN'A // Al Qa'eda militants ambushed a Yemeni army patrol, killing six soldiers in the second attack on local security forces in the restive southern province of Shabwa this week, a security official said. The patrol was attacked in the town of Aqla in Shabwa with rocket-propelled grenades and sprayed with bullets late last night, the official said. Many foreign oil companies are located in the same area.

On Thursday a similar ambush killed five soldiers in the same province. Shabwa is believed to be a hideout for al Qa'eda militants including the US-born radical cleric Anwar al Awlaki, who was allegedly part of a failed terrorist attack on an airline flying to Detroit on Christmas Day last year. The United States has earmarked some US$150 million to help the government in San'a combat al Qa'eda's Yemeni offshoot with training, equipment and intelligence help.

* AP