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ADEN, Yemen, Three Yemeni police officers were killed, in an ambush attack by suspected al-Qaeda militants, in the south-eastern province of Hadramout, a government official said.

A two-car convoy of the police forces, backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was ambushed in the district of Dawan, the official, based in Hadramout, said.

"We got information that suspected al-Qaeda assailants rained the police troops with heavy gunfire, which resulted in the killing of three police officers at the scene," said the official.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but al-Qaeda gunmen and other terrorist groups have recently increased their attacks, against UAE-backed Yemeni security forces, in the southern provinces.

The Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which emerged in Jan, 2009, has claimed responsibility for a number of terror attacks against Yemen's army and government institutions.

The AQAP and the Daesh-linked militants have taken advantage of the security vacuum, amid an ongoing civil war, to expand their influence and seize more territories in southern Yemen.


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