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11 Yemeni soldiers killed in Al Qaeda ambush

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Aden : At least 11 Yemeni soldiers were killed after Al Qaeda gunmen ambushed a military convoy in the southeastern province of Hadramout on Wednesday evening, a security official told Xinhua.

The deadly attack was carried out by a group of Al Qaeda gunmen in Hajar Valley of Hadramout province and targeted a military convoy composed of three vehicles, the security source said on condition of anonymity.

Most of the killed soldiers were belonging to the newly-recruited Yemeni forces backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and some members of the Special Operations Forces in Hadramout, the source said.

He added that additional UAE-backed Yemeni forces were dispatched to the attack site in Hajar Valley just a few hours after the terrorist attack.

A tribal source in the area confirmed to Xinhua that a number of soldiers went missing after the attack.

"The Al Qaeda attackers rained the convoy with a barrage of heavy gunfire from different directions and soldiers couldn't survive," the tribal source said anonymously.

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