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ADEN, Yemen- At least three soldiers from the newly-recruited Yemeni troops, backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), were killed, in an al-Qaeda militants' ambush attack in southern Yemen.

"The incident took place during a routine patrol, in the Mudiyah district of Abyan province, when al-Qaeda gunmen attacked two military vehicles, resulting in a clash that left three soldiers killed and one injured," the security source said.

"The two military vehicles were completely burned during the exchange of fire with the attackers, who used grenades," the security source said.

A resident near the scene confirmed that an explosion was heard, followed by heavy gunfire that lasted for several minutes, in Mudiyah district.

The UAE-backed Yemeni troops mounted a search operation to track the perpetrators, hours after the ambush.

Al-Qaeda militants are intensifying their drive-by attacks on security checkpoints, in the Yemeni southern provinces, as UAE-backed government forces increase military operations against their hideouts.

During the past months, Yemeni government forces and the UAE armed forces operating in the southern province of Aden, launched a new anti-terror offensive, "to root out al-Qaeda militants from their strongholds."

Thousands of recruits joined the campaign after receiving training and financial support from the UAE forces.

UAE-backed anti-terror campaign has dislodged al-Qaeda militants from villages in Abyan and the southeastern province of Shabwa, with more than 50 of them arrested, and moved to prisons in Aden.


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