21 members of UAE-backed militia killed in Al-Qaeda attack in Yemen | Atalayar

An attack by the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda on a military checkpoint in southern Yemen killed 21 members of a UAE-backed local militia on Tuesdayaccording to military sources.

The attack, these sources explained to Efe, took place in the early hours of the morning in a Security Belt Forces posta Southern Transitional Council (STC)-led militia that is seeking the separation of southern Yemen from Abyan province, and at least eight of the attackers were also killed.

the attackers, who belong to the Al-Qaeda group in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)used rocket launchers, machine guns and hand grenades.

Among their victims was a commander of a Security Belt Force counter-terrorism brigade.

This militia was deployed last month in the province of Abyan after forcing the troops of the internationally recognized government, with which the CTS is allied, to withdraw.

Both the province of Abyan and the neighboring province of Shabuarich in oil, are the scene of the presence of terrorist groups Al-Qaeda and Islamic Statewhich clash for control of the territory and carry out sporadic attacks on the security forces, taking advantage of the war between the government and the Shiite Houthi rebels.

This is the deadliest action carried out in Yemen in the last three years by AQAPwhich killed at least eight Security Belt Forces militiamen on May 7 and killed at least ten government soldiers on June 22.

In February they also abducted five UN workers in Abyan and, last Saturday, they released a video of one of them calling on the international community to comply with the demands of his captors.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, established in 2009, peaked in 2015 and 2016 in southern Yemen, but its presence has dwindled due to drone attacks and infighting.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.