Al-Qaeda kills 56 soldiers, policemen in southern Yemen

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Fresh attacks attributed to al-Qaeda militants in Yemen killed 56 policemen and soldiers early Friday, Al Arabiya’s correspondent reported from Sanaa.

Car bombs targeted two military sites at Yemen’s southern governorate of Shabwa. Around 20 died when two car bombs exploded at a military camp in al-Nashama and about 10 were killed by gunmen in the town of Mayfaa.

Officials believe the attacks were carried by suspected members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a local source told Reuters.

A concealed bomb in one car exploded among a group of soldiers at the gate of the al-Nashama camp as the driver sought to enter. The other was already inside the camp when it exploded, one of the security sources said.

In Mayfaa, gunmen opened fire on a military headquarters, killing around 10 people, before escaping in stolen army vehicles, local residents told Reuters.

AQAP is seen by Western countries as one of the most dangerous branches of al Qaeda because it has attempted to carry out bombings on international airlines.

The Shabwa Province is a lawless, rugged area that has been the scene of much fighting in recent years between Islamist militants and the security forces.

(With Reuters)

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