Soldier killed, TV anchor kidnapped in Yemen

In recent months, Hadhramaut has been the scene of repeated attacks that the government typically blames on the Ansar al-Sharia militant group.

Soldier killed, TV anchor kidnapped in Yemen

World Bulletin/News Desk

A Yemeni solider was killed and another injured in a bomb blast in the southern Hadhramaut province on Saturday, a local official has said.

"An army soldier was killed and another injured when an explosive device went off near an army patrol in Hadhramaut's Al-Qatn district," the official, who requested anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack, but the official pointed the finger at what he described as "terrorist elements".

Yemeni authorities have yet to comment on the attack.

In recent months, Hadhramaut has been the scene of repeated attacks that the government typically blames on the Ansar al-Sharia militant group.

The Yemeni government says Al-Qaeda remains active in several parts of the country's south, from which it stages sporadic attacks on army and police personnel.

Yemeni TV anchor kidnapped

Meanwhile, a television anchor with the privately-owned Yemen Today channel has been kidnapped in capital Sanaa, the channel said on Saturday.

"TV anchor Dalia Dael was kidnapped by an unknown group while passing through Sanaa's al-Hasaba district on Friday night," the channel, which is owned by former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, said in a Saturday statement.

The channel called on security agencies to locate the abducted anchor and guarantee her safe return.

Yemeni authorities have yet to comment on the incident.

Yemen has been dogged by instability since pro-democracy protests in 2011 forced autocratic Saleh to step down one year later after 33 years in power.

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