Explosion kills two soldiers in Yemen's Hadramawt region

The blast took place on a public street in the city of Shibam

Explosion kills two soldiers in Yemen's Hadramawt region

World Bulletin/News Desk

An explosion near a military checkpoint in Yemen's southeastern Hadramawt region killed two soldiers and injured four others, a local official said, adding to a wave of attacks hitting the country at a moment of political turmoil.

The blast took place on a public street in the city of Shibam in Hadramawt, the official said, adding that Ansar al-Sharia is believed to be responsible.

On Thursday an explosion and gun attack by AQAP in the coastal Buroom region of Hadramawt killed at least 20 soldiers while a bombing in Sanaa by the same group killed at least 47.

AQAP have vowed to target the Shi'ite Houthi group, which seized control of the capital Sanaa late last month and has forced President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to sign a deal giving it a role in government.

The Houthi group calls for greater rights for followers of the Zaydi sect of Shi'ite Islam which predominates in northern Yemen, but has positioned itself as a national political movement since 2011 by exploiting anger at poor governance.

Although Zaydi Shi'ites and Yemen's Sunnis have historically enjoyed good relations, the rise of the Houthis and increased attacks by AQAP have increased the possibility of wider sectarian conflict, analysts say.

Yemen's political situation is also complicated by a growing southern separatist movement and splits in the armed forces.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Ekim 2014, 13:44

Muhammed Öylek

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