Yemen sacks security officials after attack kills 20-UPDATED

An attack by militants has left 20 soldiers dead in southern Yemen, while one commander narrowly escapes with his life.

Yemen sacks security officials after attack kills 20-UPDATED

World Bulletin / News Desk




Yemen's Interior Minister Abdo al-Tareb on Monday sacked a handful of security officials in the southern province of Hadhramaut only hours after an attack by militants claimed the lives of 20 soldiers in the province.

Sacked security officials included the security chief of Hadhramaut, the commander of a special combat force, and the commander of the attacked checkpoint, according to a statement on the ministry's website.

The interior minister also ordered an investigation into the attack that targeted a police checkpoint in Mukalla, vowing to arrest and prosecute the assailants.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but a security official blamed Al-Qaeda for the attack earlier in the day.

Al-Qaeda is active in several parts of southern Yemen, from which it continues to stage sporadic attacks on military and police targets.

Yemen has been in turmoil since mass protests forced out President Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2012 after more than three decades in power, and it is struggling with southern separatists and northern rebels as well as attacks by one of the most active branches of al Qaeda, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Mart 2014, 14:04