Suspected al Qaeda attack in Yemen kills 7 soldiers, security officials say
October 18, 2013 -- Updated 1443 GMT (2243 HKT)
- The militants attacked a military base from three sides
- They detonated a bomb-laden vehicle in the middle of the compound
- The compound's main building sustained heavy damage
- Fighting raged for more than an hour
Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) -- Dozens of al Qaeda fighters attacked a military base Friday, killing seven soldiers in southern Yemen, three local security officials said.
Seven more suffered injuries in the assault in Abyan province and were taken to a hospital.
The militants attacked the compound from three sides, drove a bomb-laden vehicle inside and detonated it. The compound's main building was heavily damaged, the officials said.
Militants and soldiers exchanged gunfire for more than an hour.
The attack may have caught soldiers who were celebrating the high Muslim holiday of Eid off guard, an official said. But it had warned them in brochures ahead of time not to defend Yemen's government, which it accuses of being aligned with the United States.
Abyan province was considered a hub for al Qaeda militants throughout Yemen's political turmoil in 2011. After coming to power in February of 2012, President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi launched offensives against the Islamist extremists, uprooting its strongholds in southern Yemen.
Militants fled but left behind many sleeper cells.
"It's very difficult to fight al Qaeda in Abyan because they live within the society there," said AbdulSalam Mohammed, President of the Sanaa-based Abaad Research Center.
On Thursday, at least four soldiers were killed when al Qaeda militants attacked a large security base in the southwestern province of al-Baitha. Militants drove soldiers out and seized heavy artillery and armored vehicles.
Part of complete coverage on
July 24, 2014 -- Updated 2006 GMT (0406 HKT)
ITN's Dan Rivers reports from the hospital where those injured by an attack in Gaza were being treated.
July 25, 2014 -- Updated 1808 GMT (0208 HKT)
Flight attendants are wearing black ribbons to show solidarity with fallen colleagues in "a tribute to those who never made it home."
July 25, 2014 -- Updated 2016 GMT (0416 HKT)
Hamas: "Lift the siege." Israel: "End the rockets." The two sides' demands will be difficult to reconcile.
July 23, 2014 -- Updated 0804 GMT (1604 HKT)
When the Costa Concordia and its salvage convoy finally depart Giglio, the residents will breathe a sigh of relief -- and shed a tear.
July 22, 2014 -- Updated 2053 GMT (0453 HKT)
CNN's Richard Quest speaks to Malaysia Airlines' Hugh Dunleavy about how the airline industry needs to react to MH17.
July 24, 2014 -- Updated 2042 GMT (0442 HKT)
From Maastricht to Melbourne, and baroque theaters to block-long warehouses, these stores make bookish travelers look stylish.
July 23, 2014 -- Updated 1857 GMT (0257 HKT)
A nun, an AIDS researcher, an athlete and a family traveling on summer vacation. These were some of the victims aboard MH17.
July 22, 2014 -- Updated 0021 GMT (0821 HKT)
Prince George isn't your average one year old. He started walking before he was one. Oh, and, he's going to be king -- of 16 countries.
July 18, 2014 -- Updated 0621 GMT (1421 HKT)
In an ambitious plan to upgrade urban India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he will build 100 "smart cities" across the country.
CNN joins the fight to end modern-day slavery by shining a spotlight on its horrors and highlighting success stories.
Browse through images from CNN teams around the world that you don't always see on news reports.
July 25, 2014 -- Updated 1317 GMT (2117 HKT)
After just one day of competition, a new sport has emerged at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow: snapping selfies with the Queen.
Today's five most popular stories