Suspected Al-Qaeda militants kill 56 troops, police officers in Yemen attacks
SANAA (AFP) - Suspected Al-Qaeda militants killed at least 56 soldiers and policemen in three simultaneous attacks in southern Yemen on Friday, military sources and civilian officials said.
Two of the three attacks in Shabwa province, an Al-Qaeda stronghold, involved vehicle bombs, they said.
The deadliest single attack was at an army camp responsible for ensuring security at oilfields in the region, where 38 soldiers were killed, the sources added.
"Troops clashed with gunmen at the camp entrance, before a suicide attacker in a bomb-laden vehicle forced his way into the camp where his car exploded, killing 38 soldiers," said a government official in Ataq, capital of Shabwa.