Suicide bomber kills three Yemeni soldiers
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.