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By Avery Richardson
Al Qaeda militants launched an attack on Yemen military barracks, killing 38 troops and wounding dozens.
“The attack took place at dawn Friday in Shabwa province. The Al Qaeda militants took Yemen soldiers by surprise,” Maj. Raed Mohammed Nasser said.
The surprise attack made the Yemenites unprepared for retaliation, as the militants took advantage in a dense fog and invaded the Yemeni military barracks. Yemeni authorities have been leading a war against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which is considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous terror groups by the United States and other Western nations.
Mohammed Nasser has told the press Al Qaeda first tried to storm three different military barracks: in Maysaa, Kamp, and al-Ain areas. The barracks in Kamp suffered the most casualties: the militants overpowered the Kamp guards and set off a suicide car bomb outside the base. Reports from Nasser have said eight Yemenites died in the fighting. While, the Al Qaeda fighters have seized five military vehicles and six soldiers.
This attack in Shabwa was among the largest (thus far) on Yemen soil. This aggression came just days after authorities in the capital, Sanaa, warned civilians of more Al Qaeda attacks and suicide bombings. Al Qaeda terrorized Yemen since 2011 during a time of political chaos in Yemen. When former President Ali Abdullah Saleh did not stop Al Qaeda from inhabiting in the country’s most lawless south (Arabian Penisula) and set up danger zones.