Al-Qaeda attack in Abyan province

Al-Qaeda attack in Abyan province

Al-Qaeda attack in Abyan province

In Yemen’s civil war-torn southern province of Abyan, separatist fighters and the terrorist group al-Qaeda have been fighting each other. At least 27 people were killed.

Among those killed were 21 separatist fighters and 6 al-Qaeda members. Apart from this, several people were injured. Al-Jazeera reported this news citing military officials.

The attack took place on Tuesday (September 6). Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) fighters targeted a checkpoint of the UAE-backed separatist group Southern Transitional Council (STC) in Ahwar district of Abyan province, AFP reported. They used rocket-propelled grenades, light and medium weapons and military vehicles in the attack.

Calling this Al-Qaeda attack a ‘terrorist attack’, STC spokesman Mohammad Al-Naqib said that 21 fighters including one of their commanders were killed in this Al-Qaeda attack. Six Al-Qaeda members were killed when their fighters counterattacked. Mohammad Al-Naqib also said that the deceased commander Yasir Nasir Shai was the commander of STC’s anti-terror brigade.

Since 2014, a civil war has been going on in the Middle Eastern country. That year, Iran-backed Houthi rebels took control of most of northern Yemen, including the capital Sanaa.

This forced President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee first to the southern part of the country and then to Saudi Arabia.

Civil war has been going on since then. This war reached its final level in March 2015. At that time, the Saudi military coalition started entering the country with the support of the United Nations.

This alliance wants to restore Mansour Hadi to his power. At first, the Houthi fighters were in a bit of trouble, but gradually they gained strength.

Al-Qaeda’s Yemen-based branch Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAM) has been trying to expand its influence in Yemen by using the conflict between the Saudi military alliance and Iran-backed Houthi rebels.