SANAA: Three Yemeni soldiers were killed on Wednesday when suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen opened fire on a military zone in the country’s Hadramawt province, a military source said.
“Three soldiers were killed in the attack on the first military zone in the Al-Qoton district, and the gunmen managed to get away,” the source said, requesting anonymity, as he was not authorized to brief the press.
“We suspect the gunmen belong to Al-Qaeda,” the source added.
Al-Qaeda has flourished in Yemen, as the country’s civil conflict shows no sign of waning.
Extremists of the Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) remain active in the vast region of Hadramawt, where a number of the group’s leaders are based.
The US has intensified its controversial airattacks on AQAP, which it considers the global militant network’s most dangerous branch, since President Donald Trump took office in January.
Yemeni government has for years battled Houthi rebels allied with Iran for control over the country, the most impoverished in the Arab world.
More than 8,000 people have been killed and 40,000 wounded in the Yemen war in 2015, according to the UN’s World Health Organization.