Terrorism

Hadramaut forces thwart al-Qaeda attack

By Nabil Abdullah al-Tamimi in Aden

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Yemenis run for cover as smoke rises following a car bomb attack at an army checkpoint at the entrance to the town of Hajr, located to the west of al-Mukalla, the capital of Hadramaut province on July 18th, 2016. [Abdul Jabbar Bajubair/AFP]

Hadramaut elite forces on Wednesday (January 10th) thwarted an al-Qaeda attack on a military checkpoint near Camp Budah in Duaan district in Hadramaut Valley, a local official told Al-Mashareq.

"Yemeni army forces repelled a rocket attack by al-Qaeda elements," Duaan district director Ahmed Omar Bamis told Al-Mashareq.

"The group used B-10 rockets in its attack, prompting a forceful response from the army that killed at least four of the terrorists" and wounded others, he said.

Two soldiers were lightly wounded in the attack, he added.

When the army forces inspected the site that the elements used to position for the attack, they found that the dead and wounded al-Qaeda elements had been evacuated, Bamis said.

A day earlier, on Tuesday, the Hadramaut elite forces thwarted another al-Qaeda attack in the province.

"Terrorists had planted five powerful improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on the road between Duaan and Adh Dhliaah districts," Bamis said.

Yemeni citizens informed local officials of suspicious activity around that area, he said, noting that the elite forces succeeded in defusing the IEDs.

Bamis urged citizens to "continue to co-operate with the security forces to detect the suspicious movements of terrorists for the benefit and stability of all".

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