5 Yemen soldiers killed in Qaeda assault on Army post

Al Qaeda militants on Sunday tried to overrun an Army post in the Kud district of Yemen`s restive Abyan province.

Last Updated: Mar 04, 2012, 16:39 PM IST

Aden: Al Qaeda militants on Sunday tried to
overrun an Army post in the Kud district of Yemen`s restive
Abyan province, sparking a fierce firefight in which five
soldiers were killed, a military official said.

"Five soldiers were killed and four others were wounded
during clashes in Kud south of Zinjibar," Abyan`s provincial
capital where the army has been battling extremists since last
May, the official said.

A medic confirmed the toll.

The military official could not say whether the
extremists had managed to take command of the army post but
said troops in surrounding areas had rushed to join the
battle.

Another official said that the militants had seized heavy
weapons, accusing some army leaders of "collaborating" with
al Qaeda.

Today`s attack followed clashes during the night between
the army and militants in the Abyan provincial capital
Zinjibar in which four al Qaeda fighters were killed,
according to army officials.

Zinjibar has fallen mostly under the control of al Qaeda
linked militants since May last year.

PTI