Gunmen attack police center in southern Yemen, 3 injured

Gunmen attack police center in southern Yemen, 3 injured
# 07 February 2013 18:18 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Unknown gunmen on motorbikes attacked a police station in Yemen's southern province of Lahj on Thursday, injuring three policemen, a military official told Xinhua, APA reports.

The masked attackers fired at the main gate of a police station in Houta city, the provincial capital of Lahj, injuring at least three policemen, the local military official said on condition of anonymity.

"Unidentified gunmen attempted to invade the area with a heavy shooting in different directions while using explosives on the police headquarters," the military official said.

"The attack failed as the gunmen, who were repelled, were unable to storm the police center or cart away any ammunition," he added.

A local government official confirmed the incident and casualties, and accused al-Qaida militants of masterminding the attack.

The Yemen-based al-Qaida branch, known locally as Ansar al- Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law), took advantage of a political upheaval in 2011 in Yemen to take over several towns of the southern restive regions.

The militants were targeted by Yemeni security authorities after a U.S.-backed offensive launched in the southern Abyan province months ago routed the militants out of their strongholds that they had controlled for nearly one year.

The Yemeni government along with the United States and oil-rich Saudi Arabia have beefed up anti-terror operation since President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi took office in February 2012.

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