Last updated: 16 October, 2012

Al-Qaeda suicide attack kills six Yemeni militiamen

Al-Qaeda militants, one of them a suicide bomber, killed six Yemeni militiamen and wounded eight on Tuesday in an attack on a checkpoint in the country’s south, a local official said.

“The shooting and suicide bombing left six dead and eight wounded,” said the official in the Abyan provincial town of Mudiya.

The occupants of a car opened fire on a checkpoint in the town of the Popular Resistance Committees, which backs up the army in its fight against the jihadists, wounding two militiamen, a militia commander said.

They then drove the car through the checkpoint and some of the militants fled. The car then exploded as militiamen approached it, and the body of the bomber was later found inside, the commander said.

“It was an Al-Qaeda suicide bombing,” he added.

The committees have recently become a target for Al-Qaeda militants who were forced to flee Abyan in June following battles led by the army, with the local militiamen backing them up.

Al-Qaeda militants remain active in southern Yemen, where separatist militants also attack security forces, pressing their demands for renewed independence for the south.

South Yemen was a separate state before unification with the north in 1990.