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Qaeda attacks army HQ in South Yemen

Al-Qaeda militants launched a rocket and car bomb attack on an army headquarters in Yemen's city of Aden

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Suspected al-Qaeda-linked assailants attacked an army headquarters in Yemen on Wednesday claiming the lives of at least six people, an official source said.

The militants fired rocket-propelled grenades and launched a car bomb attack at an army headquarters in Yemen’s southern city of Aden, a security source told Agence France-Presse.

"Three soldiers and an attacker were killed in an exchange of fire," he told AFP, adding that two passers-by also died in the assault which he said was believed to be the work of al-Qaeda.

The news comes as clashes on Tuesday left two Yemeni soldiers and two al-Qaeda militants dead on in Yemen's western province of Al-Hadida.

The ministry of interior said on its website that security forces detained four al-Qaeda militants during the early hours of the day. Fresh clashes then erupted, leading to the fighting in which the soldiers and militants were killed.

The remaining al-Qaeda members fled to nearby mountains, leaving behind a car full of weapons, the source added.

Yemen has been in turmoil since mass protests forced long-term leader Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down in 2012. His successor, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, has been struggling to restore order.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is one of the most active branches of the network founded by Osama bin Laden and militants have plotted attacks against international airlines from there.

(with Reuters and AFP)