Death toll climbs to 20 in Al Qaeda army HQ attack in Yemen
It is not yet clear how many militants were involved in the Aden attack Wednesday (Gamal Noman/AFP)
Agence France Presse reported that Al Qaeda-linked attacks in Yemen's southern city of Aden left at least 20 people dead according to new death toll information Wednesday night.
Militants allegedly attacked a government army headquarters located in the city's Tawahi district. They opened fired on the building's security, and one attacker drove and detonated a bomb-laden car into the entrance of the building.
Ten militants, plus the suicide bomber, were killed in the attack. Six other soldiers and three civilians were also killed, including a seven-year-old child. An additional 14 were wounded.
"We have regained control of the situation," an army official told AFP.
"The guards at the HQ have foiled this cowardly attack [and government forces are] hunting down the attackers who fled after the assault," another official told Yemen's state news agency SABA.
Yemen's Al Qaeda chapter is considered the most dangerous of the global jihadist network, according to the United States. Al Qaeda has been implementing attacks frequently throughout the country, taking advantage of the weak central government since the oust of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2011.