At least six security personnel were killed yesterday in a suicide car bomb attack in Yemen’s southern Lahj governorate, according to an Al-Qaeda statement obtained by MEMO.
“A martyrdom operation on the government compound in the city of Houta, the capital of Lahj province, has been launched by the Mujanadeen,” the statement from Al-Qaeda’s affiliated Ansar Al-Sharia said.
“The UAE forces and their dogs” were the target of the attacks, the statement said in reference to allied Yemeni security forces.
“The attackers targeted a government building before being intercepted by security personnel guarding the building,” a statement issued by the governorate’s public information office said.
“The car bomb exploded outside the building before Al-Qaeda gunmen sprayed the area with machinegun fire,” the statement added.
Six security personnel and three attackers were reportedly killed in the melee.
“The security services are now pursuing the remaining Al-Qaeda elements who fled towards the nearby city of Al-Houta,” the statement read.