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Attacks kill four Yemeni officers in two days

A Yemeni military police colonel shot dead Tuesday was the fourth officer to be killed in suspected militant attacks in the capital Sanaa in two days, an official said. Similar attacks in the past have been blamed on Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a powerful affiliate of the global terror network that has been the target of a US drone campaign and repeated military operations by the weak central government.

Suspected Qaeda gunmen kill Yemen official

Suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen shot dead Tuesday the vice governor in the Yemeni province of Baida, a stronghold of the global jihadist network, an official said. The masked gunmen opened fire at Hussein Dayan outside his house in the provincial capital of Baida, the official said, requesting anonymity. "The attack bore the hallmarks of Al-Qaeda," he said. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula uses the mountainous terrain of the central province as hideouts from which they launch regular attacks on security forces.

5 killed as Shiite rebels press 'advance' on Yemen capital

Shiite rebels believed to be seeking to advance on Yemen's capital have attacked an army post in a neighbouring city, killing three soldiers and losing two of their own, tribal sources said Thursday. The Zaidi rebels, also known as Ansarullah or Huthis, carried out the attack in Amran, 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of Sanaa, late on Wednesday, tribal sources said. Military sources have said their objective was to seize Amran and, from there, lay siege to the capital.

Six soldiers, three militants killed in raid on Yemen army HQ

By Mohammed Mukhashaf ADEN (Reuters) - At least six Yemeni soldiers and three militants died in a raid on a major army headquarters in Aden on Wednesday, medics and local media said, the latest in a string of attacks by Islamist militants exploiting turmoil in the country. State news agency Saba quoted a security source in the city as saying al Qaeda militants tried to storm the army's Fourth Division headquarters in Aden's al-Tawahi district after detonating a car laden with explosives outside the main gate.

Four killed in clashes between Yemeni soldiers and Al-Qaeda

ADEN (Reuters) - Two Yemeni soldiers and two al-Qaeda militants were killed on Tuesday during clashes in Yemen's western province of Al-Hadida, ministry of interior said on its website. An official source from the ministry said security forces detained four al-Qaeda militants during the early hours of the day. Fresh clashes then erupted, leading to the fighting in which the soldiers and militants were killed. The remaining al-Qaeda members fled to nearby mountains, leaving behind a car full of weapons, the source added.

Yemeni soldiers, 'Qaeda' gunmen killed in clash

Two Yemeni soldiers and two suspected Al-Qaeda fighters were killed Friday when special forces stormed a militant hideout in the southern province of Daleh, the defence ministry said. The force raided an apartment in the Damt area rented by militants a week ago allegedly to plot an attack, the ministry said on its 26sep.net website. "Two terrorists of Al-Qaeda were killed in the clash... which also cost the lives of Major Hani Hamdan and Sergeant Ali al-Fakih," the ministry said.

Yemen troops free UN staff kidnapped in Sanaa

Yemeni troops freed an Italian UN staffer and his driver on Tuesday, hours after they were abducted from a diplomatic district of the capital, the interior ministry said. The Italian UN Development Programme employee was "in good" health" after his ordeal, the latest in a spate of abductions of Westerners in Yemen in recent months, a ministry official told AFP. The kidnappers were stopped at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Sanaa where they were arrested and the hostages freed, the official said. He did not elaborate on the kidnappers' identity or motives.

Yemen troops free UN staff kidnapped in Sanaa

Yemeni troops freed an Italian UN staffer and his driver on Tuesday, hours after they were abducted from a diplomatic district of the capital, the interior ministry said. The Italian UN Development Programme employee was "in good" health" after his ordeal, the latest in a spate of abductions of Westerners in Yemen in recent months, a ministry official told AFP. The kidnappers were stopped at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Sanaa where they were arrested and the hostages freed, the official said. He did not elaborate on the kidnappers' identity or motives.

At least 20 dead in attack on barracks in southern Yemen

Sana, Mar 24 (EFE).- At least 20 members of Yemeni security forces died Monday in an attack by armed men, possibly al-Qaeda terrorists, on barracks in Yemen's southeastern Hadramaut province, the official news agency Saba said. The attack targeted a base charged with protecting the highway between the provinces of Hadramaut and Al Mahra, bordering on Oman. A Yemeni military source told Efe that the assailants surprised the troops before dawn when they were still sleeping at that base near the town of Al Rida.

Militants kill 20 security men in Yemen checkpoint raid

By Mohammed Mukhashaf ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Suspected militants killed 20 members of Yemen's security forces in a dawn raid on a checkpoint on Monday, state news agency Saba said, in an attack officials said bore the hallmarks of the local branch of al Qaeda. Yemen is dogged by internal conflicts and chronic poverty and Monday's attack highlighted the lack of stability in the Western-allied country, which shares a border with top global oil exporter Saudi Arabia and lies next to major shipping lanes.
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