Eight policemen killed in south Yemen ambush

Eight policemen killed in south Yemen ambush
Mon Nov 18, 2013 22:19:28

Suspected al-Qaeda militants have gunned down eight policemen in an ambush attack near a gas export facility in southern Yemen, locals say.

The attack took place near an army checkpoint close to the Belhaf gas export terminal, which loads liquefied natural gas (LNG) to South Korea, Yemen's biggest customer, and to European companies.

Attacks on pipelines feeding the port have been regular and interrupted exports earlier this year.

The militants, who were in two cars, surrounded the policemen's vehicle and opened fire, killing all of them, the residents said.

The gunmen were believed to be members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, they said.

Shabwa Province, a lawless and rugged part of Yemen, has seen much fighting in recent years between militants and the security forces.


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