Al-Qaeda gunmen killed 19 soldiers in an attack on an army base in southern Yemen.
The gunmen stormed Al-Mahfad base in Abyan province and remained inside for several hours before military reinforcements came.
“The Qaeda gunmen took advantage of what happened (Thursday) in Aden and launched an assault on Al-Mahfad base and clashed with soldiers,” a government security official said.
“Military reinforcements were sent… and the gunmen were killed while others were driven out with air support from the (Saudi-led) coalition, in an operation that lasted hours,” the official said.
“At least 19 soldiers were killed and others wounded.”
On Thursday, two separate attacks by the Huthis and jihadists hit security forces in Yemen’s second city Aden, killing at least 49 people, many of them newly trained police cadets, officials said.