Militant attacks leave at least four Yemeni soldiers dead
At least four Yemeni soldiers were killed by suspected Al Qaeda militants (File Archive/AFP)
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At least four members of Yemeni security forces have been killed in three separate militant attacks in the country, Yemen’s Interior Ministry says.
The Yemeni Interior Ministry information center said on Sunday that suspected Al Qaeda militants killed two soldiers and wounded five others in an ambush in the central province of Bayda on Saturday.
In the capital city of Sana’a, militants on a motorcycle opened fire on a security guard and killed him instantly.
Unknown gunmen also killed one soldier and wounded three others in the town of Taryam in Hadramawt Province.
Yemen has witnessed regular attacks on its troops, with authorities blaming al-Qaeda militants for the deadly assaults.
On April 8, gunmen attacked a special forces checkpoint at the western entrance to the port city of Mukalla, which is the provincial capital of Hadramawt, killing four soldiers and injuring two others.
On April 4, suspected al-Qaeda gunmen killed eight soldiers in an attack on an army post in Hadramawt. Four militants also died in the attack.
Al Qaeda-linked violence against Yemeni security forces has grown since February 2012, when President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi came to power in a one-man election backed by Saudi Arabia and the United States.
Hadi replaced long-time dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was ousted after a year of mass protests across the country.