Sui­cide bomber kills three Ye­meni sol­diers

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Aden, Ye­men - A sus­pected Al Qaeda sui­cide bomber killed three Ye­meni sol­diers and wounded nine oth­ers in an at­tack on Tues­day on an army po­si­tion in the coun­try’s south, military of­fi­cials said.

The as­sailant used an ex­plo­sives-rigged car to target troops loyal to Pres­i­dent Abed Rabbo Man­sour Hadi who had re­cently set up the po­si­tion in the town of Loder in Abyan prov­ince in their fight against the ex­trem­ists, the of­fi­cials said.

Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula (AQAP), seen by the United States as the global ter­ror net­work’s most dan­ger­ous branch, has ex­ploited years of con­flict be­tween the gov­ern­ment and Iran-backed Houthi rebels to ex­pand its pres­ence in Ye­men.

Al Qaeda’s ex­trem­ist ri­val, the Is­lamic State group, has also strength­ened its con­trol in parts of the im­pov­er­ished coun­try on the tip of the Ara­bian Penin­sula.

Ye­meni spe­cial forces, trained by the United Arab Emirates and backed by the United States, on Wed­nes­day launched a ma­jor op­er­a­tion against the Al Qaeda fighters, driv­ing them out of oil­rich Shabwa prov­ince.

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