25 Jan 2010

Troops killed at checkpoint in Yemen

6:01 am on 25 January 2010

Officials in Yemen say unknown gunmen have opened fire on a checkpoint in Shabwa province, killing three soldiers. The attackers are reported to have escaped.

The incident follows several attacks by Yemen on suspected leaders of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in the past few weeks, including in Shabwa.

The government is also facing challenges to its authority by Shia rebels in the north of the country and a separatist movement in the south.