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Qaida Car Bomb Wounds Yemen Security Official

Yemeni pro-government forces patrol during clashes against Shiite rebels in Yemen's western Dhubab district, about 30 kms (20 miles) north of the strategic Bab al-Mandab Strait, on January 11, 2017. Yemeni pro-government forces have launched a major offensive to push Shiite rebels from coastal areas, in a move analysts say aims to end a military stalemate and jumpstart political talks. / AFP PHOTO / SALEH AL-OBEIDI
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A car bombing Wednesday in southern Yemen claimed by al-Qaida seriously wounded a senior security official and killed one of his guards, a security source said.

Four other guards were wounded in the attack on the convoy of the head of the security services in the town of Loder in Abyan province, the source said.

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), seen by Washington as the jihadist network’s most dangerous franchise, claimed responsibility, U.S.-based watchdog SITE Intelligence Group said.

AQAP said the attack had killed a commander and a number of his guards.

Al-Qaida and the rival Islamic State group have exploited a power vacuum created by the conflict between the government and Huthi rebels to expand their presence in Yemen, especially in the south.

Al-Qaida fighters were driven out of towns and cities in Abyan province in September by government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition, fleeing to hard-to-reach areas.

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