Sanaa: Al Qaeda fighters attacked a security
checkpoint in a southern Yemeni city on Saturday and killed four
troops while losing eight of their own, a security official
Militants in pickup trucks assaulted the security post in
the outskirts of the port city of Aden, the official said.
Another three al Qaeda fighters and one security force member
In a separate incident, militants kidnapped a senior
intelligence officer and two soldiers in the town of Radda
south of the capital Sanaa, another official said.
Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they
weren`t authorised to speak to the press.
Al Qaeda, which has had a presence in Yemen for years,
expanded its influence during last year`s political upheaval
when millions of Yemenis rallied across the country demanding
the ouster of their longtime ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh. The
militant group seized control of several towns in the south
during that time.
Saleh stepped down in February and the new president Abed
Rabbo Mansour Hadi has pledged to restructure the Yemeni army
and purge it of loyalists to the former ruler in order to be
able to combat the terror network.
Al Qaeda has staged several successful assaults on
ill-prepared and demoralised troops, but also appears to have
suffered some significant defeats.
Yesterday, the Yemeni defecse ministry said that the
death toll among al Qaeda militants in clashes in Abyan
province had reached nearly 200. Armed civilians helped the
military in the weeklong battle in several towns in Abyan
including Lawder and Moudia.
Al Qaeda`s branch in Yemen, known as al Qaeda in the
Arabian Peninsula, is one of the movement`s most dangerous