Al-Qaeda gunmen opened fire on an army position in Yemen’s southeast Saturday, sparking a clash that killed two soldiers and four attackers, a military official told AFP.
The dawn clash in Hadramawt province lasted an hour and left three more soldiers wounded.
The assault comes two days after suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen briefly seized Sayoun airport in Hadramawt in a deadly assault just as a civilian airliner was landing, before the airfield was retaken by the army.
The attack left eight soldiers, nine civilians and six jihadists dead.
Hadramawt’s rugged terrain provides hideouts for militants of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, considered by Washington as the jihadist network’s most dangerous affiliate.