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MARCH 2021

Al-Qaeda Suicide Bomber Kills 9 People at Pro-Saudi Forces Base


At least nine pro-Saudi fighters were killed in a suicide attack of Al-Qaeda in the Yemeni province of Abyan.

Al-Qaeda Suicide Bomber Kills 9 People at Pro-Saudi Forces Base

Saudi forces take part in military exercises in Yemen in September 2015 (Photo: Flickr / Ahmed Farwan)

On Friday, eight people were killed by a suicide bomber at a military base of the pro-Saudi forces in Yemen, while clashes between Saudi fighters and the Houthi-Saleh alliance claimed the lives of 35 others, as well as five civilians lost their lives in shelling, security and local officials reported.

Reportedly, a bomb-laden vehicle was blown up at the entrance to Najda camp in Abyan province’s capital Zinjibar, located just 55 kilometers from Aden city, where the government is based. The suicide bomber could not get through the gate, however, other attackers attempted to penetrate it. As a result, heavy exchanges of fire erupted. According to local officials, the explosive devices were hidden in the back of the vehicle, under a pile of firewood. As the SITE Intelligence Group reported, the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the attack.

Meanwhile, also on Friday, fierce clashes between pro-Saudi militants and the Houthi-Saleh alliance erupted near Walad Rabi district, located in the central Yemeni province of Baida. As a result, 20 Houthi-Saleh fighters and six pro-Saudi mercenaries were killed in the fighting. Reportedly, the clashes started, when the alliance tried to take control of some part of a territory in the area.

According to other reports, nine other Houthi-Saleh fighters lost their lives, when their convoy in the Sawmaa region was ambushed by Saudi militants.

At the same time, five people were killed in shelling in Marib, located to the east of Sanaa. Local officials blamed the Houthi-Saleh alliance for the attack.



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