ADEN, Yemen, Four soldiers were killed and five others injured, when suspected militants of the Yemen-based al-Qaeda branch, attacked an army checkpoint, in the south-eastern province of Hadramout, a security official told Xinhua.

The attackers, armed with assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, tried to storm the military checkpoint, located in Dowan area of Hadramout province, sparking an intense fighting that left casualties.

The soldiers positioned in the checkpoint, successfully repulsed the attack, but lost four of their members, at the scene, and about five others injured, the security source said.

Another Yemeni source in Hadramout said that, some of the attackers were arrested and three others were killed during the exchange of fire with the soldiers in the area.

The al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for the incident in Hadramout, saying that, several Yemeni soldiers were killed and military vehicles were destroyed by jihadist attackers.

Yemen has been gripped by one of the most active regional al-Qaeda insurgents in the Middle East.

The Yemen-based AQAP, also known locally as Ansar al-Sharia, has claimed responsibility for a number of attacks against Yemen's army and government institutions.

So far, the AQAP and other terrorist groups have taken advantage of the security vacuum and ongoing civil war, to expand their influence and seize more territories in the south of the country.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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