March 25, 2012
Agence France Presse
ADEN: Suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen have killed an army officer and wounded two soldiers in an ambush in southern Yemen, a military official said Sunday.
The ambush, which took place on Saturday, targeted an army convoy east of the city of Huta, in the province of Lahij, the official told AFP requesting anonymity.
The convoy was on its way to reinforce a checkpoint in the suburb of Hamra after it came under attack by Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen, who are active in the region, the official added.
A medical official at Aden's Basohayeb military hospital said the officer, Major Kamal al-Ashwal, died of a bullet wound to his stomach.
The Islamists have exploited a central government weakened by a year of anti-regime protests to strengthen their presence in Yemen, launching deadly attacks against security forces, especially across the south and southeast.
The United States says the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, is the most active branch of the global terror network.