2nd LD: 9 killed in bomb and grenade attacks in Yemen
ADEN, Yemen, June 26 (Xinhua) -- Attacks took place Thursday morning at a military base and local airport in Yemen's southeastern province of Hadramout, killing at least nine and wounding 12 others, a government official told Xinhua.
"The blast occurred after an explosive-laden car struck the main gate of the First Military Region Headquarters located in Seiyun town of Hadramout province, leaving at least three soldiers killed and 12 others injured," the local government official said on condition of anonymity.
In the meantime, suspected al-Qaida militants attacked the Seiyun local airport, killing at least six policemen at the scene, a security officer told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
"The airport's control tower was completely destroyed by a rocket-propelled grenade attack. Fierce armed clashes are still ongoing in the area," the officer said.
Last Month, heavily armed attackers of the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch carried out multiple pre-dawn attacks against several military and government installations in Seiyun town of Hadramout province, leaving 31 people killed and several others injured.
There was no claim of responsibility for the armed attack, but Yemeni military officials blamed militants of the Yemen-based al- Qaida offshoot for a series of assassinations and armed attacks, mostly in the country's southern parts.
The Yemeni military and security forces, garnering support from the United States, have recently intensified operations against suspected al-Qaida strongholds throughout the country, killing many non-Yemeni al-Qaida suspects.
However, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, also known as AQAP, has vowed to hit back in Yemen' s main cities, including the capital Sanaa.
AQAP militants have retaliated by launching suicide car attacks and roadside bombings across the impoverished Arab country.