ADEN At least eleven persons were killed in a suicide bombing and gun attack by suspected al Qaeda militants on a area authorities compound in southern Yemen on Monday, a Yemeni authorities media workplace mentioned in a statement.
The attack is the most recent in a series of functions by Islamist militants who have exploited a two-calendar year-civil war to test to develop their control and recruit more followers in the country, which shares a long border with Saudi Arabia.
The authorities media workplace mentioned safety forces confronted a suicide bomber who tried using to push a mini-bus laden with explosives into a authorities compound in al-Houta, the Lahj provincial capital.
Stability forces opened fire on the bus and clashed with militants sporting armed service uniforms who attacked the compound with automatic weapons, it mentioned in the statement, incorporating that 6 safety personnel and all the attackers died.
Officers mentioned there were five attackers in all.
“The situation is now below control,” the statement quoted a safety official as saying.
Al Qaeda’s area wing, regarded as Ansar al-Sharia, mentioned “dozens were killed or wounded” in a suicide bombing and gun attack on a Lahj safety compound.
Islamist militants from both equally Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Islamic Condition have carried out a series of assaults, typically targeting safety forces or authorities facilities in southern Yemen.
The United States has a short while ago stepped up assaults on Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which it sees as the most important danger to western pursuits, launching recurring air strikes on targets in central and southern Yemen.
(Reporting by Mohammed Mukhashaf in Aden and Aziz El Yaakoubi in Dubai Creating by Sami Aboudi Editing by Hugh Lawson)