Suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen killed three policemen in an attack Sunday on a checkpoint at the entrance to the southern town of Seyoun, a Yemeni security official said.
"Armed men, probably members of Al-Qaeda, opened fire on the checkpoint," killing three and wounding two others, the official said.
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The assailants managed to escape in a car.
Al-Qaeda militants have stepped up attacks on security forces from strongholds in south and southeast Yemen.