Aden (Reuters): Two soldiers and six suspected al Qaeda attackers were killed and 10 soldiers wounded on Tuesday when a suicide bomber and gunmen tried to storm an army camp in southern Yemen, a local security official said.
Al Qaeda has exploited more than two years of civil war between President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's internationally- backed government and the Iran-aligned Houthis to try to deepen its influence in Yemen, repeatedly launching bomb and gun attacks on security forces, government officials and compounds.
"This was a terrorist attack and it has been foiled," the official said of the attack in Juhayn, Abyan province.
Last week, Yemeni forces, backed by U.S. and UAE soldiers , deployed in neighboring Shabwa province where al Qaeda also operates. Local residents and officials said the militants withdrew into the mountains without a fight.