At least 1 dead in Yemen-Saudi border attack: Officials

Last Updated: Friday, July 4, 2014 - 21:06

Riyadh: A Saudi security official was killed in an attack by armed assailants near a border post with Yemen today, the interior ministry said.

The ministry said three assailants also died in an exchange of fire.

In Yemen, a security source said earlier that suspected al Qaeda gunmen attacked a military post on the Saudi border, triggering a clash that killed one soldier and wounded another.

The assailants used machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades to attack the Yemeni side of Wadia border post, the source said, adding that the gunmen managed to flee.

The crossing is in Yemen`s southeastern province of Hadramawt, whose rugged terrain provides hideouts for militants of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

AQAP is considered by Washington to be the jihadist network`s most dangerous affiliate.

Local Yemeni officials told AFP that today`s attack bore "the thumbprints of al Qaeda" without elaborating.

Smugglers also do a brisk business across the long and porous border between oil-rich Saudi Arabia and impoverished Yemen.

First Published: Friday, July 4, 2014 - 21:06
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