Suicide bomber kills 12 soldiers in south Yemen

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At least 12 soldiers were killed and six others wounded in Yemen on Friday after a suicide car bomber attacked a military command center in the southern Abyan province, Al Arabiya’s correspondent said.

The suicide attack in the district of Ahwar targeted the command center of the 111th Brigade, a security source quoted by Agence France-Presse has said.

The sources gave an initial toll of six dead, but said later that it had doubled to 12 dead. The commander was among the six wounded.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Last month a gun battle in Abyan province left two suspected Al-Qaeda militants and a pro-government militiaman dead, after a failed attack on the head of a militia that backs the government.

The militias, who recruit from the area's heavily armed tribes, fought a fierce war alongside the army in mid-2012. They helped to drive Al-Qaeda militants out of the main cities of Abyan, after the extremist network had held them for a year.

(with AFP)

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