[QODLink]
Middle East
'Al-Qaeda' ambushes Yemeni soldiers
Armed men kill five soldiers in Shabwa province in eastern Yemen.
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2010 08:41 GMT
The soldiers were traveling in a convoy through the remote Shabwa province [EPA]

At least five Yemeni soldiers have been killed in an ambush by suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters in the east of the country.

An army convoy was attacked on Thursday in Shabwa province, which along with Marib and al-Jawf has seen the majority al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula activity in the country, according to local officials.

"There was an ambush targeting the soldiers' vehicle... there is suspicion that al-Qaeda was behind the operation," a provincial official said.

Yemen's Mareb Press newspaper reported that the attackers stole equipment from the dead soldiers before fleeing.

Al-Qaeda fighters have carried out two other attacks against the government in recent weeks.

A group of men raided the Political Security Organisation headquarters in Aden last month, killing 11 people. Al-Qaeda said that attack was revenge for a government assault.

And last week, gunmen attacked two government buildings in Abyan province. Police blamed that attack on the group.

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Your chance to be an investigative journalist in Al Jazeera’s new interactive game.
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Featured
Private citizens take initiative to help 'irregular' migrants, accusing governments of excessive focus on security.
Indonesia's cassava plantations are being killed by mealybugs, and thousands of wasps have been released to stop them.
Violence in Ain al-Arab has prompted many Kurdish Syrians to flee to Turkey, but others are returning to battle ISIL.
Unelected representatives quietly iron out logistics of massive TPP and TTIP deals among US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.
Led by students concerned for their future with 'nothing to lose', it remains to be seen who will blink first.