Army death toll of south Yemen ambush rises to five

ADEN, Yemen — The bodies of three soldiers including an officer killed in a Qaeda-style ambush in south Yemen were recovered on Friday, raising the death toll in the attack to five, a security official said.

By (AFP)

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Published: Sun 17 Oct 2010, 1:05 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:21 AM

“We recovered the bodies of three soldiers on Friday morning and identified the officer after we found his rank (on his ID card) in the pocket of his shirt,” the official said.

A medical source from a state hospital in the southern port city of Aden confirmed the bodies of three dead soldiers were brought into the morgue “at midday on Friday including that of an officer with the rank of major.”

This raises to five the death toll from the ambush of a military convoy in Abyan province on Thursday.

“Five people including one officer were killed in the ambush that targeted a military convoy heading from Loder to Mudia on Thursday evening and eight others were wounded,” the security official told AFP.

“Explosives, machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades were used in the ambush” the official said, blaming Al-Qaeda for the attack.

“Al-Qaeda has returned to Loder,” he said, refering to the town where clashes killed 33 people in August, according to an AFP tally based on official figures.

Three other people including a top policeman, an official from Yemen’s ruling party, and a soldier were also killed in two other incidents in Abyan on Thursday.

Mudia’s police chief Abdullah al-Baham was shot dead during clashes between armed demonstrators and security forces trying to disperse them, said a security official who blamed a coalition of autonomist and pro-independence groups dubbed the Southern Movement.

The movement denied its supporters were involved and blamed Al-Qaeda.

In another incident near Mudia, Abyan governor Ahmed Mohammed al-Maisari narrowly escaped an ambush on his convoy on Thursday that killed his brother, who is an official from the ruling party in Sanaa, and a soldier, officials close to the governor said.

Southern Yemen has seen a growing number of attacks by suspected Al-Qaeda militants, who have taken advantage of popular opposition to the central government.

The Southern Movement has denied working in alliance with Al-Qaeda.

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