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ADEN, Yemen - At least 11 Yemeni soldiers were killed, after al-Qaeda gunmen ambushed a military convoy, in the south-eastern province of Hadramout, on Wednesday evening, a security official, said.

The deadly attack was carried out by a group of al-Qaeda gunmen in Hajar Valley of Hadramout province, and targeted a military convoy composed of three vehicles, the security source said.

Most of the killed soldiers belong to the newly-recruited Yemeni forces, backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and some members of the Special Operations Forces in Hadramout, the source said.

He added that, additional UAE-backed Yemeni forces were dispatched to the attack site, in Hajar Valley, just a few hours after the terrorist attack.

"The al-Qaeda attackers rained the convoy with a barrage of heavy gunfire from different directions and the soldiers couldn't survive," a tribal source said, anonymously.

The impoverished Arab country has been locked into a civil war, since the Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels overran much of the country militarily and seized all northern provinces, including the capital Sanaa, in 2014.

Saudi Arabia leads an Arab military coalition that intervened in Yemen in 2015, to support the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, after Iran-backed Houthi rebels forced him into exile.


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