Al-Qaida suspected in attack that killed 12 soldiers.
SANAA, Yemen – In the latest attack by suspected Al-Qaida militants in a former stronghold, an explosives-laden vehicle blew up inside a military base in southern Yemen on Friday, killing an estimated 12 soldiers and injuring more than a dozen others, military and security officials said.
Ranking military officers were believed to be among the dead in the blast in Abyan province, and the camp’s commander was among the injured, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the attack.
Yemen has for months been roiled by violence blamed on Al-Qaida militants and secessionist movements, which has shaken its fragile government.
The suicide car bombing, using an apparently stolen military vehicle, set off a fierce firefight between troops and dozens of attackers, lasting for more than an hour.
A military official said the vehicle’s driver managed to gain entry to the camp by claiming to be transporting a wounded soldier. Under that subterfuge, he was able to get close to the main building housing the camp’s commander, Gen. Mohammed Hussain Bokheti, before setting off a powerful blast.
Friday’s attack came a day after a strike by militants in the nearby southwestern province of Al Baydha left at least two soldiers dead.
Los Angeles Times