By Nasser Arrabyee/01/05/2011
A total of seven soldiers were killed by gun men believed to be Al Qaeda operatives in Abyan and Sayoun, east of Yemen, security sources said Sunday.
Three soldiers were killed and four others injured when gunmen believed to be Al Qaeda fired RPG missiles early morning Sunday on the guards of the headquarters of the local government in Zinjubar, the capital of Abyan province, security and local sources said.
The gunmen fled to an unknown place in Abyan which was recently declared as an Islamic State by Al Qaeda militants.
Late afternoon Sunday, four soldiers were killed when a group of gunmen believed to be Al Qaeda members attacked a check point at the entrance of Sayoun city, in Hudhrmout province, local sources said.
These two incidents came just one day after government troops killed a senior Al Qaeda operative called Abdul Latif Al Kainai, who was described as one of the most dangerous Al Qaeda elements. Al Kainai was killed Saturday in clashes with the security forces in the highway between Abyan and Aden.
On Friday April, 29th, 2011, Al Qaeda suspects killed two police officers in the city of Zinjubar.