Suspected al-Qaida militants killed seven soldiers on December 9 in two suicide car bomb attacks on a military encampment in the southern Yemeni city of Sayoun, according to Yemeni military officials.
The attacks, which also injured eight soldiers, started with a suicide car bomb attack on the camp gates while a second suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle inside the camp grounds. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to brief the media.
Ansar al-Shariah in the Arabian Peninsula, the official Twitter account of Yemen’s al-Qaida branch, claimed responsibility for the attacks saying dozens of soldiers were killed and wounded.
Sayoun, the biggest city in Hadramawt province, witnessed fierce fighting last summer between the army and the local al-Qaida branch _ which is viewed by Washington as the most active and dangerous al-Qaida affiliate.