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Al-Qaeda attack in south Yemen kills 4, injures 11

October 23, 2017 at 3:42 pm

Al-Qaeda conducted a suicide attack in southern Yemen’s military checkpoint in Aden today, Reuters reported.

The group’s branch in Yemen, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), killed four soldiers securing a military checkpoint in southern Yemen. The four attackers detonated explosive belts, including the truck they were travelling in. All five attackers were killed in the attack which injured 11 pople.

It is unknown whether any civilians were harmed or which armed force was targeted.

AQAP haa taken advantage of the Yemen civil war which began in 2011 between the Houthi armed group and President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Al-Hadi. A Saudi-led coalition entered the war in March 2015 to support Hadi’s governance and to neutralise threats from the Houthi group.

AQAP largely operates in southern governorates, frequently launching attacks in Aden where Hadi’s government is based.

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