'Al-Qaida' Yemen fighting kills 56 soldiers and police
AFPSANAA -- Suspected al-Qaida fighters killed at least 56 soldiers and police in a wave of dawn attacks Friday, the deadliest day for Yemeni security forces since jihadist strongholds fell last year.
September 21, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
The militant assaults came in the lawless southern province of Shabwa, a bastion of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the scene of regular US drone attacks targeting the militants.
Military officials said there were four attacks in all, including one on a key gas export terminal that was thwarted.
Al-Qaida's offensive came a month after officials said militant plans to attack oil and gas terminals had been foiled following intelligence eavesdropping on a call from the organization's overall chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Friday's deadliest single attack was on an army camp responsible for ensuring security at oilfields in Shabwa, and killed 38 soldiers, sources said.