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Car Bomb Kills Eight Soldiers in Yemen

Sunday, 24 Jul 2011 06:08 AM

 

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SANAA, Yemen — A car bomb blew up outside an army camp in Yemen's coastal city of Aden on Sunday, killing at least eight army soldiers and wounding dozens, security officials said.

They officials said the blast took place near the gate of the camp as a column of vehicles packed with troops and supplies was preparing to leave for nearby Abyan province to take part in fighting against al-Qaida-linked militants.

Two senior officers, a major and a lieutenant-colonel, were among the eight killed, said the officials. Al-Qaida militants were likely behind the attack, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

Sunday's car bomb was the second in less than two months in Aden and followed repeated warnings by officials that al-Qaida-linked militants were infiltrating the Arabian Sea port city to prepare for attacks there against security forces.

The militants control two cities in neighboring Abyan province and have held on to them in the face of numerous airstrikes and a ground offensive by government forces.

Yemen, an impoverished nation in the southern corner of the Arabian Peninsula, is home to one of the most active al-Qaida branches in the world. Additionally, the country has been in turmoil for nearly six months, with near daily massive street protests demanding longtime leader Ali Abdullah Saleh step down.

The unrest has emboldened al-Qaida militants to capture and hold territory in parts of the nearly lawless south of the country, causing alarm in Washington and in Yemen's rich Gulf Arab neighbors.

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