A Yemeni soldier stands guard at a checkpoint in Sanaa, on April 20, 2014
A Yemeni soldier stands guard at a checkpoint in Sanaa, on April 20, 2014 © Mohammed Huwais - AFP
A Yemeni soldier stands guard at a checkpoint in Sanaa, on April 20, 2014
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Last updated: July 3, 2014

Two gunmen killed in clash with Yemen police

Gunmen attacked a government complex Thursday in Yemen's central province of Baida, an Al-Qaeda stronghold, sparking a firefight that killed two assailants and wounded three policemen, the defence ministry reported.

"An armed terrorist group" attacked the complex where the residence of Baida deputy governor Sinan Halqum is also located, the ministry's 26sep.net news website cited an army spokesman as saying.

The spokesman gave no further details about the assailants he labelled "terrorists", a term Yemeni authorities generally use for members of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which is frequently blamed for most anti-government attacks.

Taking advantage of a collapse of central authority during a 2011 uprising that forced veteran strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh from power, AQAP seized swathes of south and east Yemen.

According to an AFP tally compiled from official and other sources, Yemeni security forces lost 374 personnel battling Al-Qaeda, northern rebels and southern separatists as well as in targeted assassinations during the first half of 2014.

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