Continuing over a year of fighting over the Abyan Province, four al-Qaeda militants dressed in army uniforms launched a suicide car bombing against a Yemeni military base in the town of Shuqra, killing 24 people.
A Yemeni soldier present at the site said the attackers’ vehicle had military license plates, and there was nothing suspicious about them when they entered the compound. The early morning attack caught most of the base security sleeping.
Once on base, three of the four attackers jumped out of the pickup truck and started shooting the sleeping guards. When the gunfire attracted a crowd of soldiers, the other detonated the truckload of explosives, killing and wounding a large number of soldiers.
The attack shows that despite official claims of having conclusively defeated the militant factions in Abyan they are still active and more than capable of inflicting massive casualties on the Yemeni military.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Israeli MPs Push Trump to Let Them Use Military Aid on Non-US Equipment - May 21st, 2018
- Syrian Army Has Full Control of Metro Damascus After ISIS Ouster - May 21st, 2018
- Trump to Press South Korea's Moon on Upcoming Kim Summit - May 21st, 2018
- South Koreans See John Bolton as an Obstacle to Trump-Kim Summit - May 21st, 2018
- As ISIS Shrinks in Iraq and Syria, US Military Focus Shifts to Afghanistan - May 21st, 2018