Suspected Al Qaeda explosion in Yemen kills 6 soldiers loyal to separatist forces

SANAA, Yemen (AP) – An explosive detonation in southern Yemen killed six soldiers loyal to a United Arab Emirates-backed separatist group on Monday, a military spokesman said. al qaeda extremists in a poor Arab country.

Mohammed al-Nakib, a spokesman for the Southern Army, the military wing of the breakaway Southern Transitional Council, said the explosion hit a military vehicle passing through the mountainous region of Modia district in southern Abyan province.

Eleven other soldiers were injured, he added.

The UAE-backed council controls much of southern Yemen. Although at odds with the internationally recognized government, they are allies in Yemen’s long-running war. Iran-backed Houthi rebels It controls the north and the capital Sanaa.

Al-Nakib blamed al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) for the attack.

AQAP is considered one of the terrorist organization’s most dangerous branches, still active more than a decade after its founder Osama bin Laden was killed.

It is active in several parts of Yemen and is using the civil war to solidify its presence in the country on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula.

Yemen’s devastating civil war began in 2014 when the Houthis seized the capital Sanaa and much of northern Yemen, ousting the internationally recognized government.

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