At least 1 dead in Yemen-Saudi border attack

A Saudi security official was killed in an attack by armed assailants near a border post with Yemen on Friday, the interior ministry said.

The ministry said three assailants also died in an exchange of fire.

In Yemen, a security source said earlier that suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen attacked a military post on the Saudi border, triggering a clash that killed one soldier and wounded another.

The assailants used machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades to attack the Yemeni side of Wadia border post, the source said, adding that the gunmen managed to flee.

The crossing is in Yemen's southeastern province of Hadramawt, whose rugged terrain provides hideouts for militants of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

AQAP is considered by Washington to be the jihadist network's most dangerous affiliate.

Local Yemeni officials told AFP that Friday's attack bore "the thumbprints of Al-Qaeda" without elaborating.

Smugglers also do a brisk business across the long and porous border between oil-rich Saudi Arabia and impoverished Yemen.

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