Home > News > World
Sunday July 27, 2014 MYT 6:00:02 PM
Sunday July 27, 2014 MYT 6:01:12 PM
ADEN (Reuters) - Militant attacks on two army outposts in southern Yemen killed at least eight people early on Sunday, local officials said, two months after the government said it had cleared that area of al Qaeda fighters in an offensive.
Yemen, with help from the United States, is battling an insurgency by Islamist militants including members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has also planned attacks on international airliners and other foreign targets.
The area of Mahfad in Abyan Province of southern Yemen was the scene of some heavy fighting in May between the army and militants in a government campaign to reclaim territory under effective AQAP control.
AQAP and other militants have since then continued to stage attacks in Abyan and other provinces.
On Sunday morning two outposts in Mahfad were attacked by men driving car bombs followed by shooting.
A bomb-laden car was driven towards each of the two outposts, but both exploded before reaching them after soldiers opened fire. There were subsequent exchanges of fire between militants and army members.
A local security official told Reuters two militants had been killed by explosions while driving the cars and another five in the later shooting. Four soldiers also died, he said.
Another local official said six militants and two soldiers had been killed. Both officials said the militants were with al Qaeda.
(Reporting By Mohammed Mukhashaf in Aden; Additional reporting by Mohammed Ghobari in Sanaa; Writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by Angus MacSwan)
Six killed in clashes between militants and army in Yemen
Suspected militants kill at least 15 soldiers in Yemen
Drone strike kills six suspected militants in Yemen
At least 13 killed in north Yemen clashes - security source
Six Qaeda-linked militants, three soldiers killed in Yemen clashes
Israelis quietly expand enclave in Palestinian district of Jerusalem
Polish ex-minister quoted saying Putin offered to divide Ukraine with Poland
Canada police kill 'radicalised' driver after he rams two soldiers
Fashion icon Oscar de la Renta dies at 82
Panama arrests supreme court judge on suspicion of corruption
Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders
Apple updating Health app to fix glucose measurement feature
Road trip heaven: That’s Route US 84 out of Sante Fe
Meet the not-so-mild-mannered Clark Kent
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)