Conflict & Justice

Yemen: Suicide bombers attack army base


Yemeni security forces surround the wreckage of a car following a car bomb attack targeting the convoy of the country's defense minister in Sanaa, on September 11, 2012.



At dawn suspected al Qaeda militants attacked a heavily guarded Yemeni army barrack on Friday, killing at least 15 soldiers, according to security officials.

The Telegraph reports, "Two militants wearing army uniforms drove an explosives-laden car into the base, killing themselves and 10 soldiers and injuring 15 other soldiers."

After the explosion more suspected al Qaeda militants stormed the base. Nine militants were killed, CNN reports.

On Thursday in Yemen suspected US drone strikes killed 9 al Qaeda militants, including ader al-Shaddadi, a senior Al Qaeda militant in Abyan province.

In March suspected al Qaeda militants attacked an army base, killing 185 soldiers and capturing 73, according to the Associated Press.

Al Qaeda has a significant presence in Yemen, and, according to the AP, "Washington considers al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, as the Yemeni branch of the network is known, to be the group's most dangerous offshoot." 

After the revolution that ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh in February, al Qaeda increased its hold in the country. Current president Abdu Rabo Mansour Hadi said he would fight back.

Since then, violence between the government and al Qaeda has been constant. Al Qaeda routinely targets high-level security officials.