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Al-Qaida attack on Yemeni checkpoint kills 9 troops

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A Yemeni official says a suspected al-Qaida attack on a checkpoint in the southeast has killed nine soldiers and wounded four others.
Hisham al-Jabri, a military spokesman, said yesterday's attack in the Hadramawt province targeted an elite unit set up by the United Arab Emirates, which is part of a Saudi-led coalition battling the country's Houthi rebels. He says five attackers were killed.
The Saudi-led coalition has been at war with the Iran-allied rebels for more than three years in a conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people and devastated the Arab world's poorest country.
Al-Qaida and a local Islamic State affiliate have exploited the chaos to expand their reach.

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First Published: Mar 30 2018 | 12:45 AM IST

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