The death toll from twin suicide bombings and ensuing clashes with al Qaeda-linked fighters in south Yemen Sunday, ,according to a military official.
Some 20 militants were killed during the attack on the Al Koud base, about 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) southwest of Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan province, the official said, declining to be identified because he’s not authorized to speak to media. Dozens of soldiers were captured and taken to the city of Jaar, which is under the militants’ control, he said.
Yemen’s President Abdurabu Mansur Hadi, who replaced Ali Abdullah Saleh last month as part of a power-transfer accord, was bequeathed one of the world’s worst-performing economies and a political landscape that includes secessionist movements in the north and south, street protesters demanding more change, and al-Qaeda militants who control entire towns and have used Yemen as a base to attack targets in neighboring Saudi Arabia and the U.S.
The attacked was carried out by gunmen from Ansar al- Sharia, which means ‘Supporters of Islamic Law’ and whose members have claimed to be affiliated with al-Qaeda. Yemen’s army recaptured the military post, according to a statement on the defense ministry website. The statement didn’t specify how many people were killed.