Ye­men troops killed in sus­pected Qaeda at­tack

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Five Ye­meni sol­diers were killed and three wounded yes­ter­day when gun­men sus­pected of ties to Al-Qaeda opened fire on a mil­i­tary check­point, an army source said. The source said the gun­men man­aged to es­cape af­ter the at­tack on the check­point in the north­east of Shabwa prov­ince, a south­ern strong­hold of Ye­men’s pow­er­ful AlQaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula (AQAP). Yes­ter­day’s at­tack is the lat­est in a string of sus­pected AQAP shoot­ings tar­get­ing mil­i­tary check­points and out­posts in Ye­men. AQAP, seen by the United States as the global ter­ror net­work’s most dan­ger­ous branch, has ex­ploited years of deadly con­flict be­tween Ye­men’s gov­ern­ment and Huthi rebels to ex­pand its pres­ence, es­pe­cially in Shabwa.

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