11 Yemen soldiers killed in suspected Qaeda attacks

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Suspected Al-Qaeda militants killed 11 Yemeni soldiers in three separate attacks on Sunday, including suicide car bombings, in a second day of deadly operations against the military, army sources said, AFP reported.

Three soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden bus into an army post in the southern Shabwa province town of Maifaa, one source told AFP.

Ten soldiers were wounded in the attack.

Almost at the same time three more soldiers were killed and five wounded in nearby Azzan village when Al-Qaeda suspects opened fire with automatic weapons at another military post, another army source said.

Witnesses said clashes erupted between the gunmen and soldiers after the Azzan attack.

And on the outskirts of Azzan, another vehicle-borne suicide bomber attacked an army barracks, "killing five soldiers and wounding two", a regional government official said.

Early yesterday a double attack, also including a suicide car bombing, targeted troops in southeast Yemen, leaving four soldiers dead.

Ten Al-Qaeda suspects were also killed in an exchange of fire with soldiers at the Qatan army barracks in restive Hadramawt province.

Also yesterday, a police officer was killed outside his home by gunmen who fired from a motorbike, with a local official blaming Al-Qaeda for the drive-by shooting.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, considered by Washington as the most dangerous affiliate of the jihadist network, is active across several parts of Yemen, taking advantage of a collapse of central authority during a 2011 uprising that ousted veteran president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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