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Yemenis check a burning vehicle following a reported bomb attack in Hawtah, the capital of the southern province of Lahij, a bastion of al-Qaeda-linked militants, on March 27, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Abya-Yemen(ANN)-At least four UAE-backed forces, loyal to Yemen’s former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, have been killed and several others have sustained injuries after a number of terrorists launched a bomb attack against their military camp in southern Yemen.

According local sources, five suspected militants of the Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Takfiri terrorist outfit, driving an explosives-laden vehicle, approached a military base in the district of Mudiyah in Abyan province on Monday morning.

Four of the assailants, wearing explosive vests, then ran the vehicle towards the base to detonate their explosives but were all shot dead by guarding mercenaries before they had time to accomplish their terror mission.

The remaining assailant then blew up the vehicle, causing a massive explosion, which killed the driver and four mercenaries. The blast also wounded at least nine other UAE-backed mercenaries.

Last month, Hadi’s militia managed to capture Mudiyah, a stronghold of al-Qaeda militants in southern regions.

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it has the hallmark of the AQAP terror outfit, which alongside its rival, the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group, has exploited more than two years of Saudi Arabia’s war against the Yemeni nation, trying to deepen its influence in the impoverished country by launching bombings and shooting attacks.


Since March 2015, the Saudi regime has been heavily bombarding Yemen as part of a brutal campaign against its impoverished southern neighbor in an attempt to reinstall Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh, and crush the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement, which is in control of large parts of Yemen including the capital Sana’a. The Saudi campaign, however, has failed to achieve its goals.

Hadi, who initially fled the country to Riyadh, managed to capture Aden in July 2015 with the military help of the regime in Riyadh after it fell into the hands of Houthis in September 2014. He has since taken some other regions of Yemen, including parts of Abyan.

Since then, Hadi, along with his supporters and militiamen, has turned the port city into their base, calling it Yemen’s temporary capital, and has gone hand-in-hand with the Saudi war machine against the nation, trying to capture more areas in the country.

Over the past two years, Houthis have been running state affairs and defending Yemeni people against the Saudi campaign.


Latest figures show that the imposed war has so far killed over 12,000 Yemenis and wounded thousands more. The Saudi aggression has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

Certain Arab countries, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, are key partners to the campaign, which lacks any international mandate and has faced increasing criticism.