April 27, 2011 / 7:46 AM / 8 years ago

Suspected al Qaeda gunmen kill two Yemen soldiers

ADEN (Reuters) - Gunmen shot dead two Yemeni soldiers and wounded five others in an attack on a southern military checkpoint on Wednesday that was blamed on groups loyal to al Qaeda, a local official said.

The attack took place in Zinjibar, the capital of the southern Abyan province, where al Qaeda militants have been active. State control over Abyan has slipped during a three-month political standoff in Yemen over President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s rule.

Reporting by Mohammed Mukhashaf; Writing by Cynthia Johnston

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