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15 soldiers killed in Yemen car bombing
Last Updated : 30 Jan 2018 03:21:58 PM IST
(file photo)15 soldiers killed in Yemen car bombing
(file photo)15 soldiers killed in Yemen car bombing
 

Fifteen newly-recruited Yemeni soldiers were killed in a suicide car bombing at a military checkpoint in Shabwa province on Tuesday, an official said.

"The suicide assailant died on the spot after detonating his explosives-laden car at a military checkpoint in Nokhan area of Shabwa province, killing 15 soldiers," the local government official told Xinhua news agency.
 
He said the targeted checkpoint was manned by a special Yemeni Army unit backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
 
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the government officials blamed it on the Yemen-based Al Qaeda branch.
Al Qaeda militants are intensifying drive-by attacks on security checkpoints in Yemen's southern provinces as UAE-backed government forces tighten military operations against their hideouts.
 
In the past months, government forces and the UAE armed forces operating in Aden province launched an anti-terror offensive to root out Al Qaeda militants from their strongholds in the neighbouring province of Abyan.
 
The UAE-backed anti-terror campaign has dislodged Al Qaeda militants from several villages in Abyan and in the neighbouring Shabwa province, with more than 50 of them arrested and imprisoned in Aden.
 

 



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