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Deadly attack in Mukallah leaves nine Yemeni soldiers dead

The attack comes following the resumption of UN-sponsored Yemen peace talks on Saturday in Kuwait

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Yemeni security officials say two car bombs targeting security checkpoints killed at least nine soldiers in the southern city of Mukallah, which was recently recaptured from al-Qaeda.

The first attack on Monday was carried out by a suicide car bomber who rammed his vehicle into a checkpoint, killing at least nine soldiers. The officials had no immediate details about the second attack.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have been known for previous attacks on soldiers in Mukallah.

The attack comes following the resumption of UN-sponsored Yemen peace talks on Saturday in Kuwait where a joint meeting was attended by delegations of the warring sides.

The second round of talks - chaired by the UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, were opened with a statement highlighting the responsibility of all parties involved to take decisive action for peace.

More than 6,400 people have been killed in Yemen since a Saudi-led coalition intervened in support of Hadi’s government in March last year.

Another 2.8 million people have been displaced and more than 80 percent of the population urgently needs humanitarian aid, according to UN figures.

(With the Associated Press)