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Military troops among 40 dead in Yemen attack

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula are targeting oil facilities, foreigners and security forces.

Yemeni soldiers man a checkpoint on a street leading to the U.S. and British embassies in Sanaa, Yemen.
Yemeni soldiers man a checkpoint on a street leading to the U.S. and British embassies in Sanaa, Yemen.
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AL-QAIDA MILITANTS set off two car bombs killing about 30 soldiers and wounding many others today.

Associated Press reports that the car bombs were coordinated attacks on Yemeni military barracks in three different locations in a southern province.

The BBC reports that the car bomb was concealed and exploded among a group of soldiers as the driver sought to enter the camp.

Explosives

The suicide car bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into one of the sites in al-Mayfaa after militants overpowered the guards outside the barracks there. Most of the causalities among the troops were in this camp, which serves as a base for soldiers in charge of guarding oil wells in the area.

Meanwhile, a car bomb was detonated prematurely outside the gates of the third site, the camp in al-Ain. The explosion there was followed by heavy clashes during which militants seized six soldiers and a number of military vehicles.

In another incident, a gunmen shot dead ten soldiers in the town of Maifaa.

Today’s attacks came just days after Yemeni authorities warned of more al-Qaida attacks and suicide bombings.

Government forces are battling Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which frequently targets the military, reports the BBC, that state a former aide to Osama Bin Laden is leading the faction who say they will attack oil facilities, foreigners and security forces.

Additional reporting by Associated Press

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