Al-Qaeda attack kills 19 soldiers in south Yemen: security officials

The gunmen stormed a base in Bayan province and remained there for hours until military reinforcements came. (File/AFP)
Updated 02 August 2019

Al-Qaeda attack kills 19 soldiers in south Yemen: security officials

  • The militants stormed Al-Mahfad base in Abyan province
  • The soldiers died in battles with the extremists

ADEN: Al-Qaeda gunmen killed 19 soldiers in an attack on an army base in southern Yemen Friday, security officials said, a day after deadly assaults by militants and an extremist bomber.
The gunmen stormed Al-Mahfad base in Abyan province and remained inside for several hours before military reinforcements came, three security officials told AFP, adding that the soldiers were killed in clashes with the extremists.
“The Qaeda gunmen took advantage of what happened (Thursday) in Aden and launched an assault on Al-Mahfad base and clashed with soldiers,” a government security official said.
“Military reinforcements were sent... and the gunmen were killed while others were driven out with air support from the (Saudi-led) coalition, in an operation that lasted hours,” the official said.
“At least 19 soldiers were killed and others wounded.”
The other two officials confirmed both the details and the death toll.
The Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Daesh and other extremists have flourished in the chaos of the civil war between the government and the Huthis.
The United States considers AQAP the global extremist network’s most dangerous branch and has waged a long-running drone war against its leaders.


Kuwait’s government resigns ahead of anticipated elections

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Kuwait’s government resigns ahead of anticipated elections

  • An election is also expected for the 50-seat parliament in early 2020
KUWAIT: Kuwait’s state-run news agency says the Arab Gulf country’s Cabinet has resigned.

The move comes ahead of parliamentary elections early next year.

KUNA reported on Thursday that Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al Sabah formally submitted his Cabinet’s resignation to the country’s ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Sabah.

The government in Kuwait has resigned in the past, particularly when faced with no-confidence votes and grilling of ruling family members.

An election is also expected for the 50-seat parliament in early 2020.