ADEN, Yemen, Three soldiers of the newly-recruited Yemeni troops were killed, when a booby-trapped car hit a military convoy, in the south-eastern province of Shabwa, a security official said.

"The troops were targeted by a terrorist attack with a booby-trapped car, that killed three soldiers and injured a number of others, in the entrance of Saeed district of Shabwa province," the local security source said.

He said that, Yemeni troops, backed by the United Arab Emirates, were deployed in Shabwa, in an attempt to kick the al-Qaeda terrorists out of their hideouts, in rugged areas and villages.

The UAE-backed troops, with armoured vehicles, entered al-Qaeda-held areas and conducted an operation, to track all the terrorists there, the source added.

According to local tribal sources, key leaders of the Yemen-based al-Qaeda branch, gave up fighting and surrendered themselves, after the arrival of the UAE-backed troops in Shabwa's village of Yashbum.

Elsewhere in Yemen, suspected al-Qaeda militants launched an armed attack, using grenades, on an army base in Dawan of Hadramout's province.

The guards, stationed around the army base, managed to repulse the attack and killed four of the attackers at the scene, according to local Yemeni officials.

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's armed forces, operating in the southern province of Aden, launched a new anti-terror offensive, "to root out al-Qaeda militants from their strongholds in neighbouring southern province of Abyan."

The UAE-backed anti-terror campaign has dislodged the al-Qaeda from several villages in Abyan, and in the south-eastern province of Shabwa, with more than 50 of them arrested in prisons in Aden.


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