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8 killed in south Yemen attack on military base

AFP  |  Aden 

Three Yemeni soldiers and five assailants were in an on a base in the southern province of Abyan today, a security source said.

A car rigged with explosives carrying five men pulled up to a base in the district of Mudiya in Abyan, the source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Four men wearing explosive belts ran out of the car and towards the base, and were all shot dead.

The vehicle then exploded outside of the base, killing the driver and three soldiers from a UAE-backed contingent in the Yemeni army.

Yemen's southern provinces, including Abyan, are the site of a long-running US drone war against Al-Qaeda's Yemeni branch.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has flourished in the chaos of Yemen's civil war, which pits the Saudi-backed of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi against Shiite Huthi rebels.

The United States, the only to operate drones over the impoverished country, considers to be the radical group's most dangerous branch and backs the UAE- trained contingent in southern Yemen.

The United Arab Emirates is a key component of a Saudi- led coalition that intervened in the war to support Hadi's in 2015.

More than 8,600 people have since been killed, according to the World Health Organization.

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First Published: Mon, October 23 2017. 12:22 IST