15 killed as gunmen attack checkpoint in Yemen

Published: Friday 20th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Masked gunmen have attacked a checkpoint in a historic Yemeni city, setting off a car bomb and exchanging gunfire with pro-government troops, security officials said.

At least 15 people were killed and 30 wounded in the attack in the fortress city of Shibam in Hadramawt province, the officials said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but the officials blamed al Qaida, which has captured much of Hadramawt, Yemen’s largest province, and the provincial capital of Mukalla.

The same checkpoint has been attacked in the past and al Qaida claimed those attacks.

Some officials said the perpetrators were from al Qaida’s rival, Islamic State, which has an affiliate in Yemen. It has claimed a series of bombings that killed 152 and wounded 345 people this year in Yemen.

Yemen’s al Qaida branch has benefited from the war that has convulsed the country, pitting the Shiite rebels known as Houthis and their allies against the internationally backed government forces.

At least 2,615 civilians have died since the fighting intensified in March and a Saudi-led, US-supported coalition began launching anti-rebel air strikes, according to the UN.

Published: Friday 20th November 2015 by The News Editor

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