Yemen troops killed in suspected Qaeda attack
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.