Five Yemeni soldiers have been shot dead in two separate suspected al-Qaeda attacks as protests continued Sunday against the decades-old rule of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the country's president.
Four Yemeni soldiers were killed in the province of Marib, to the east of the capital, Sanaa, when attackers opened fire on the soldiers as they passed in a military vehicle on Sunday.
The soldiers were members of the country's elite Republican Guard, according to the AFP news agency.
"The attack was similar to others by al-Qaeda," a Yemeni official told AFP. A military attack helicopter and ground troops pursued the assailants into a nearby valley, a security source said.
Meanwhile, an army colonel was shot dead as he shopped in Zinjibar, capital of the southern Abyan province. Al-Qaeda fighters have mounted a series of deadly attacks on military targets since the beginning of the year.Read more;http://english.aljazeera.net