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'Al-Qaeda ambush' kills 5 Yemen soldiers: security

Yemeni soldiers man a checkpoint in al-Mahfad in the southern Yemeni province of Abyan May 23, 2014. (REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah)

ADEN: Five soldiers were killed in an ambush in Yemen's southern province of Shabwa Wednesday in the third attack of its kind this month blamed by security officials on Al-Qaeda.

"Gunmen probably belonging to Al-Qaeda opened fire on an army vehicle in Habban in Shabwa province, killing five soldiers and wounding another," a security official said.

He added that the attackers then escaped.

Four soldiers died Monday in a similar attack in the southeastern province of Hadramawt, and four policemen were killed Saturday in an attack on a checkpoint in Shabwa.

Security services also blamed the two earlier attacks on Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which has been branded by Washington as the extremist network's deadliest franchise.

In late April, the army launched a ground offensive against AQAP in Shabwa and nearby Abyan provinces.

The group is active across several parts of Yemen, taking advantage of a collapse of central authority during a 2011 uprising that ousted veteran President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

 

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