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Three 'Qaeda' fighters killed in botched Yemen car bombing

  • A soldier inspects the boot of a car at a checkpoint in Sanaa March 7, 2014. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

ADEN: Three suspected Al-Qaeda members, among them a Saudi, were killed Sunday when a car bomb they were preparing exploded in Yemen's south, tribal and security sources said.

Two other alleged members of the extremist network were "seriously wounded" and a nearby house was "partially destroyed," a tribal source told AFP.

The blast took place in the town of Habban in the Al-Qaeda stronghold of Shabwa, the sources said.

"These are probably Al-Qaeda members who were preparing to use the car to carry out a criminal attack against the army and security forces," a security official said.

Yemen has seen regular attacks on its security forces usually blamed on Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which remains active in the south and east despite several military operations and US drone strikes against it.

 
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