April 22, 2011
CNN) -- Armed gunmen attacked members of Yemen's Republican Guard on Thursday, killing five soldiers, authorities said.
The guard members were killed in Lahj province in southern Yemen, said a local provincial official who did not want to be named.
Several other guard members were injured.
The soldiers returned fire, killing two of the attackers and wounding four others, the official said.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. But the attackers are believed to be affiliated with a rebel group that has been fighting for secession from northern Yemen.