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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.

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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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