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Yemen says 20 soldiers killed in attack on military checkpoint

  • Army soldiers stand guard outside the cabinet's headquarters to block anti-government protesters demanding for the Yemeni government be dismissed in Sanaa February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

ADEN, Yemen: Twenty Yemeni soldiers were killed in an attack on a military checkpoint in the eastern province of Hadramout, state news agency Saba said on Monday quoting a local official.

Yemen has been in turmoil since mass protests forced long-serving President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down in 2012.

His successor, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, has been struggling to restore order in the country of 25 million, where al Qaeda militants have a strong presence.

 
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