'Qaeda ambush' kills 5 Yemen soldiers: security

AFP, Wednesday 6 Aug 2014

Five soldiers were killed in an ambush in Yemen's southern province of Shabwa on 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.

On Monday, four soldiers died in a similar attack in the southeastern province of Hadramawt, and four policemen were killed on 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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