Middle East

Medics killed in southern Yemen attack

Eight army medics killed and nine others injured when gunmen opened fire on them while riding a bus near Aden.

Last updated: 15 Jun 2014 09:33
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

At least eight army medics have been killed and nine others injured while riding a bus in southern Yemen after gunmen opened fire from the roadside, officials told Al Jazeera.

The attack, in which the armed men used Kalashnikov assault rifles, happened on Saturday morning about 15kms north of Aden while it was en route to the nearby Basaheeb military hospital.

I haven't seen anything scarier than this. The gunmen came out suddenly and opened fire

Mohammed Saleh, witness at the scene

Some of the dead were working for Basaheeb hospital while others were employed at the Fourth Military District, the correspondent said.

Two woman were among the dead, local security officials told the AP news agency.

"I haven't seen anything scarier than this. The gunmen came out suddenly and opened fire," said Mohammed Saleh, a civilian witness at the scene, told Reuters news agency.

Al Jazeera's Saeed Thabet, reporting from the Yemeni capital, said the gunmen launched their attack as soon as the driver slowed down ahead of a speed bump.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

"It could be an act of reprisal by al-Qaeda group just two days after a US drone strike killed five suspected al-Qaeda fighters in the southern Mafraq al-Saeed area in Shabwa province," Thabet said.

Yemen is the main stronghold of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the armed group's most active wings.

The US acknowledges using drones to combat AQAP in Yemen but does not comment publicly on attacks.

Attacks against Yemen's security forces have increased since the army launched an unprecedented campaign beginning in late April to dislodge al-Qaeda fighters from strongholds in southern Yemen.

Al-Qaeda has carried out several hit-and-run attacks since the Yemeni army drove it out of its strongholds of Shabwa and Abyan last month.


Al Jazeera and agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
Featured on Al Jazeera
UNHCR says hundreds of people trapped in Yaloke town risk death if they are not evacuated to safety urgently.
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Long-standing dispute over Christian use of the word 'Allah' raises concerns about a very un-Merry Christmas.
The threat posed by ISIL has prompted thousands of young Kurds to join the PKK.
Baja California - with its own grim history of disappeared people - finds a voice in the fight against violence.
Russian feminist rockers fight system holding 700,000 - the world's largest per capita prison population after the US.
Weeks of growing protests against Muslims continue in Dresden with 15,000 hitting the streets last Monday.