Official: Assailants kill 5 soldiers in South Yemen

Tribesmen stand on the rubble of a building destroyed by a U.S. drone air strike, in Azan of the southeastern Yemeni province of Shabwa, Feb. 3, 2013. (Reuters)

Assailants killed five Yemeni soldiers Monday in an ambush in the southern province of Shabwa, an official said, the latest in a spate of attacks against the security forces.

The unidentified attackers fired a rocket-propelled grenade at an army vehicle transporting the troops near the town of Mayfaa, the official said, adding that “all five soldiers on board were killed.”

Yemen has seen frequent attacks on its security forces usually blamed on al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, which remains active in the south and east despite successive government military campaigns.

The Arab world’s poorest country is also grappling with an increasingly violent separatist movement in the south, which was independent between the end of British colonial rule in 1967 and union with the north in 1990.

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