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ADEN, Yemen – A suspected Al-Qaeda ambush against a Yemeni army convoy joining a new offensive in the south triggered a gun battle Tuesday, April 29 that killed 15 soldiers and 12 militants, medical and tribal sources said.
The militants, armed with machine guns and rocket propelled grenades, attacked the convoy near Al-Saeed, one of several towns in Shabwa province where troops backed by militiamen had advanced overnight, an officer said.
They seized a troop carrier and captured 15 soldiers inside, and destroyed 3 other army vehicles, the officer added.
Medics at the government hospital in provincial capital Ataq said they had received the bodies of 15 slain soldiers as well as 10 wounded comrades.
An officer confirmed the losses and said the army had sent “massive” reinforcements to the area.
A tribal source said 12 militants had also been killed. – Rappler.com