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Suspected Al-Qaeda attacks kill at least 10 Yemen soldiers

A picture taken with a mobile phone early on May 24, 2014 shows Al-Qaeda militants posing with Al-Qaeda flags in Yemen om 24 May 2014 [AFP/Getty Images]
Al-Qaeda militants posing with Al-Qaeda flags on 24 May 2014 [AFP/Getty Images]

At least 10 Yemeni soldiers were killed in two separate attacks in south Yemen, believed to have been carried out by Al-Qaeda militants, officials and state news agency, Saba, said on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

A convoy belonging to Saudi-backed forces was attacked by armed men overnight, using roadside bombs in Abyan province, Saba reported, adding that three soldiers were killed and two other bodies were recovered.

A second attack targeted a military unit at a checkpoint in the southern town of Ateq in Shabwa province early on Wednesday, killing five soldiers, Saba said. Two Yemeni officials confirmed the two attacks to Reuters.

Several people were wounded in both attacks, they said.

Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has used a seven-year-old conflict between the Iran-aligned Houthis and the Saudi-backed coalition to enhance its influence.

It has survived an intensive campaign over the last decade from the US military, the coalition and the Houthis, taking advantage of Yemen's mayhem, tribal sympathies and large and empty swathes of south Yemen.

The attacks came amid a ceasefire that has suspended air, sea and land attacks while allowing imports into Houthi-controlled sea ports and a partial re-opening of Sana'a airport.

The truce is the first comprehensive agreement in the conflict that has killed tens of thousands, and pushed Yemen to the brink of famine.

Read: Who is fighting in Yemen's war?

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