14 soldiers killed in Yemen attack

Sat, Aug 18, 2012, 01:00

Fourteen Yemeni soldiers were killed today in a "terrorist attack" on the headquarters of the country’s political security intelligence in the port city of Aden, the defence ministry said.

Seven other people were injured when the attackers fired weapons including rocket-propelled grenades, the ministry said.

Fawaz Sharabi, a resident and a witness, said by phone from Aden that he saw six wounded people, among them three soldiers and three employees of the nearby Aden Radio station.

The radio station building was hit by a rocket- propelled grenade and an armoured vehicle was seen burning after heavy clashes and blasts in the area, he said.

Yemen, bordering Saudi Arabia and Oman at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, is struggling to recover from protests that weakened the central government's authority and forced Ali Abdullah Saleh, who ruled the country for more than three decades, to cede power last year.

Yemen's army has also been battling militants associated with an al-Qaeda affiliate.

Bloomberg