Five Yemeni soldiers were killed and three wounded yesterday when gunmen suspected of ties to Al-Qaeda opened fire on a military checkpoint.
An army source said, the gunmen managed to escape after the attack on the checkpoint in the northeast of Shabwa province, a southern stronghold of Yemen’s powerful Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Sunday’s attack is the latest in a string of suspected AQAP shootings targeting military checkpoints and outposts in Yemen.
AQAP, seen by the United States as the global terror network’s most dangerous branch, has exploited years of deadly conflict between Yemen’s government and Huthi rebels to expand its presence, especially in Shabwa.
A US air raid on the province last month killed AQAP emir Abu Khattab al-Awlaqi. The United States has intensified its air attacks on suspected AQAP sites in Yemen since President Donald Trump took office in January.