Seven medical staffers killed in Yemen
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula frequently targets diplomats and civilians in Yemen. (AFP/File)
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At least seven medical staffers in Yemen have been killed and several others severely injured in a militant ambush on their bus in north of Aden.
The casualties come as militants attacked Yemeni army medics aboard a bus in north of Aden, en route to a military hospital in the south.
"The bus was carrying doctors and nurses working for the military hospital in Aden," media outlets quoted a senior security official as saying.
A woman was among the dead. Eleven people were also injured.
The officials said they believed the militants in the attack were from the al-Qaeda terrorist organization.
Attacks against Yemen's security forces have increased, following an army campaign which focuses on flushing out al-Qaeda militants from southern regions.
The poverty-stricken Arab country, which borders oil giant Saudi Arabia, is al-Qaeda's stronghold in the Arabian Peninsula.
On May 9, the defense minister survived an ambush attack on his convoy.
On the same day, gunmen launched an attack against a checkpoint near the country’s presidential palace in the capital Sana’a, killing five guards.
The Yemeni army launched a large-scale offensive on April 29 to drive al-Qaeda militants out of the provinces of Shabwa, Abyan, and Baida.
On August 31, 2013, Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Salim Basindawa escaped an assassination attempt by unknown gunmen, who opened fire on his convoy in Sana’a.
Yemeni security forces frequently come under attack by gunmen, especially in the southern and eastern parts of the country.
Attacks against Yemeni security forces and officials escalated after President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi came to power in a one-man election.