One soldier died when a vehicle full of explosives was driven into aYemeni army base. The base is located in the al-Bayda province. There were two suicide bombers in the vehicle when it exploded. Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the attack. There was another attack in the city of Mukalla, which is located in the southern region of Yemen. One soldier died there as well when two bombs exploded outside of a central security building. In March of last year, there was a similar bombing attack that killed 26 people.
According to authorities, there have been several arrests made in connection with the bombings. Al Qaeda has been very active in Yemen and is trying to strengthen their numbers, especially in the southern regions of the country.
The southern region of Yemen has been the site of much violence since the protests began to remove President Saleh from power. The attack in the al-Bayda province targeted the Republican Guard barracks. This attack came just a few days after Yemen’s interior ministry said that it had received information about a possible attack by al Qaeda in the cities of Aden andSanaa.
The explosion in al-Bayda was so strong that residents of the city felt the blast more than two kilometers away. There were many houses close to theexplosion that were damaged and many reports of windows blown out.
Al Qaeda contacted Reuters via a text message and said that they were responsible for the attack. They said that the Republican Guard was targeted because of the crimes they had committed. While there is no way to know if the text was really from an al Qaeda operative, Reutersreports that the terrorist organization has communicated in that fashion in the past.
Al Qaeda also claimed responsibility for the death of a security chief in the Hadramout province, which is also in the southern region of Yemen. The security chief’s car was attacked by gunmen and the man died instantly.
On Friday, a security team from the United States was fired upon in southern Yemen, as well. The U.S. security team was training Yemeni soldiers.