Suspected al-Qaeda members killed six Yemeni soldiers and a civilian near gas facilities east Yemen, said a security official.
The suspected al-Qaeda members ambushed a military checkpoint on Sunday early morning in Rathoom area of Shabwa province by launching a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) at the checkpoint at dawn, killing six soldiers while sleeping, said the official who asked to remain anonymous.
The checkpoint is set up along the coastal line road that leads to the gas facilities in Belhaf district of Shabwa province, 474 kms to the east of capital Sana’a.
One civilian was also killed while passing by the checkpoint. One soldier is still missing, said the official.
Names of the ambushed soldiers:
- Abu Bakr Saeed al-Ashram
- Jabr Ali Muhammed al-Mursi, Yareem district, Ibb province
- Hashim Muhammed al-Humair, al-Odain, Ibb province
- Abdullah al-Hasani, Raima province
The identities of the remaining soldiers killed, along with the civilian’s, have not been known yet, said the official.
The official said that the suspected al-Qaeda members ran away after the attack and didn’t try to proceed towards the gas facilities.