Yemen army base attacked in al-Qaida-strong region
By AHMED AL-HAJ
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Security officials say gunmen have opened fire on the main military base in Yemen's largest province, an area where al-Qaida militants remain active.
The officials say several soldiers were wounded in Monday's attack in the province of Hadramawt and that the two sides are engaged in a gunbattle.
The officials did not have more details. They spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.
Al-Qaida has staged many wide-scale attacks against the Yemeni army in the south. Earlier this month, gunmen presumed to be linked to al-Qaida assaulted security posts, killing 38 soldiers.
Washington has carried out numerous drone strikes in Yemen against suspected militants, including in Hadramawt. The U.S. says the local Yemeni branch is one of the world's most dangerous offshoots of the al-Qaida network.
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