Yemeni troops
Yemeni troops are drilled by a unit from the Central Security anti-terrorism squad during exercises in counter terrorism in the southern coastal province of Abyan, July 2011. Seven soldiers were killed on Tuesday and 30 others wounded in an attack launched by suspected Al-Qaeda militants on a base in the restive southern province of Abyan, a senior officer told AFP. © Mohammed Huwais - AFP/File
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Last updated: August 23, 2011

Qaeda suspects kill seven Yemen soldiers

Seven soldiers were killed on Tuesday and 30 others wounded in an attack launched by suspected Al-Qaeda militants on a base in the restive southern province of Abyan, a senior officer told AFP.

"Six soldiers and an officer were killed and 30 others wounded when Al-Qaeda militants attacked the camp of the 201 Brigade in Dofes," south of Abyan, capital of Zinjibar, the officer said.

The attackers had used the cover of a wooded area around the base to approach a unit of the brigade and opened fire with rocket-launchers and automatic weapons.

An official from a military hospital that took in the casualties confirmed the toll.

On Monday, government warplanes killed six presumed Al-Qaeda fighters in Arkub, another village in Abyan province, that they had seized a day earlier.

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