Al-Qaeda bomber kills 4 Yemen troops

Updated 18 August 2016

Al-Qaeda bomber kills 4 Yemen troops

ADEN: An Al-Qaeda suicide bomber killed four Yemeni soldiers in an attack Thursday in the Abyan province, where government forces have launched an anti-extremist offensive, a military official said.
The attacker rammed his car into two military vehicles parked on a road linking the towns of Loder and Moudia in Abyan province, the source said. “Four soldiers were killed and others were wounded,” the official told AFP.
The attack came after troops recaptured both towns from the terrorists who fled to surrounding mountains as the army entered, residents said.
Military sources said the bombing was a retaliation attack by Al-Qaeda after government troops recaptured parts of Abyan, including provincial capital Zinjibar.
Government forces, backed by air power from a Saudi-led coalition, launched the offensive to retake Abyan on Sunday, after they failed to recapture the vast province earlier this year.
Al-Qaeda and Daesh group have exploited a power vacuum in Yemen to expand their presence in the country’s south and southeast.
Yemeni authorities had trained hundreds of soldiers in the nearby province of Aden over the past two months to retake Abyan.
Washington considers the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, to be the extremist network’s deadliest franchise.


Algeria to go the polls on December 12, says interim president

Updated 15 September 2019

Algeria to go the polls on December 12, says interim president

ALGIERS: Algeria — whose president Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned in April following mass protests — is to hold a presidential election on December 12, his interim successor announced Sunday.

"I have decided... that the date of the presidential election will be Thursday, December 12," said Abdelkader Bensalah, who is precluded from standing himself, in a televised address.

The announcement comes after army chief General Ahmed Gaid Salah, seen as the strongman in Algeria since the fall of Bouteflika, insisted that polls be held by the end of this year, despite ongoing protests demanding the creation of new institutions ahead of any elections.