Al-Qaida shoots up Yemen gas-terminal checkpoint

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- A hit-and-run raid by suspected al-Qaida gunmen in southern Yemen left five government soldiers dead, officials said.

The attack occurred at a checkpoint near the Balhaf gas terminal in Shabwa province where militants opened fire on the soldiers and then fled.


The attack occurred as the United States reopened embassies and consulates in the Middle East and North Africa that were closed as a precaution when U.S. intelligence agencies got wind of an apparent large-scale al-Qaida operation in the region. The embassy in Yemen's capital Sanaa remained closed Sunday.

The BBC said Yemen has been a hotbed of terrorist activity carried out by the aggressive al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. The government last week announced it had indeed foiled a planned attack on oil export terminals and pipelines.

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