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'Qaeda' gunmen attack Yemen army vehicle, wound 6

Soldiers man a checkpoint in Sanaa March 7, 2014. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

ADEN: Suspected Al-Qaeda militants on Monday attacked an army vehicle in Yemen's southern province of Abyan wounding six soldiers, a security official said.

The assailants opened fire at the vehicle east of the coastal town of Ahwar before fleeing, the 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 campaigns to crush the group.

The Arab world's poorest country is also grappling with an increasingly violent separatist movement in the south, which was independent between the end of British colonial rule in 1967 and union with the north in 1990.

 

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