Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Military Space News .

20 dead as 'Qaeda' attacks Yemen army headquarters
by Staff Writers
Aden (AFP) April 02, 2014

Al-Qaeda attacked a Yemeni army headquarters in a heavily patrolled district of Aden on Wednesday, sparking a gun battle that killed 20 people, most of them militants, officials said.

The building targeted is located in the supposedly tightly secured coastal district of Tawahi that hosts intelligence and political police headquarters, a naval base and a presidential residence.

"We have regained control of the situation," an army official told AFP, adding that the fighting went on for several hours.

Ten of the assailants were killed, along with a suicide bomber who detonated his explosives-laden car at an entrance to the base, the official said.

Six soldiers were killed and 14 wounded, while three civilians including a seven-year-old child were also among those who died, the official added.

The militants launched the attack on the northern side of the army headquarters, with some of them climbing a wall into the building as a car was blown up at a western entrance, the sources said.

Reinforcements from the 31st Armoured Brigade stationed in Aden were dispatched to support the troops in Tawahi, a military official said.

No information was immediately available on the overall number of attackers.

- 'Cowardly attack' -

The official Saba news agency quoted a security official as saying the incident was "a suicide terrorist attack by Al-Qaeda".

"The guards at the HQ have foiled this cowardly attack" and government forces were "hunting down the attackers who fled after the assault," the official told Saba.

The brazen attack on such a highly protected area came despite the authorities having stepped up measures in recent weeks to contain a deadly wave of violence rocking the Arabian Peninsula country for years.

On March 8, President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi replaced interior minister Abdelqader Qahtan for failing to improve the "below-par" performance of the security forces.

Qahtan's successor, Abdo Tareb, ordered the dismissal of three security chiefs for failing to prevent a March 24 attack attributed to Al-Qaeda on an army checkpoint in the southeastern Hadramawt province, in which 20 soldiers were killed.

Wednesday's assault is similar to one carried out by gunmen from Al-Qaeda-affiliated group Ansar al-Sharia on an army headquarters in Hadramawt in September, in which they took hostages and 12 people died.

The army recaptured the facility and freed the hostages after nearly four days of fighting.

In December, Al-Qaeda militants launched a daylight assault on the defence ministry, killing 56 people.

The group has taken advantage of the weakening of the central government since 2011, as a result of a popular uprising that toppled president Ali Abdullah Saleh after 33 years in power.

Washington regards Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula as the global jihadist network's most dangerous affiliate and has stepped up drone strikes against the group in recent months.


Related Links
The Long War - Doctrine and Application

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Government continues funding for new cyanide poisoning antidote
Washington DC (UPI) Mar 25, 2014
The U.S. government is continuing sponsorship of a program to develop a first-line, rapid treatment system for cyanide poisoning. The work is being performed by the Southwest Research Institute under an $8.3 million, 28-month contract extension from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority. SwRI's work focuses on deve ... read more

US gains additional protection against ballistic missiles

US to continue technology development against ballistic missile threat

Israel says long-range rockets aboard 'Iran arms ship'

Raytheon awarded contract for Patriot

Britain, France sign anti-ship missile deal

Approval given for Griffin missile launch system

Lockheed Martin's DAGR Missile Scores a Perfect 16 of 16 in Flight Tests for US Army

Lockheed Martin Receives US Army Contract For Guided MLRS Rocket Production

'StratoBus' drone-satellite hybrid to provide new level of surveillance

Northrop Grumman, US Navy Complete Initial Flight Testing of the Triton Unmanned Aircraft System

UAVs Reach New Heights With Warsaw Polytechnic and LockMart Partnership

Northrop Grumman Delivers Global Hawk Early and On Cost

4 SOPS assumes control of third AEHF satellite

Mutualink Obtains Key NATO Certification

NGG Starts Integration Of High-Speed Downlink Antennas EHF Comms Payload

Catching signals from a speeding satellite

Eaton intros power micro-grid system for forward-deployed troops

Rockwell Collins, Avionics Services in manufacturing deal

Cassidian receives order for military optics

Gurkha war hero tells British MPs of 'third-class' treatment

Japan lifts own blanket arms export ban

Turkey sacks defence official involved in China arms talks

Baltic states tackle defence spending after Crimea takeover

Lithuanian leader calls to double military spending by 2019

Beaten and demoralised, Ukraine soldiers sign up with Russia

Philippines' Aquino firm on UN case amid China warnings

China says ties 'damaged' by Philippines UN ruling call

Preparing for war, Ukraine's revolutionaries join the army

Scientists watch nanoparticles grow

Nanotube coating helps shrink mass spectrometers

Researchers Grow Carbon Nanofibers Using Ambient Air, Without Toxic Ammonia

A new concept for manufacturing wrinkling patterns on hard-nano-film/soft-matter-substrate

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.