Suicide bomber kills at least five soldiers in Yemen's Zinjibar

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Posted: Feb 24, 2017 2:23 AM

ADEN (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least five soldiers in an attack on a military camp in Yemen's southern city of Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan province, at dawn on Friday, a local official and residents said.

The bomber, who was wearing a military uniform, drove a car that exploded at the entrance of the camp.

Residents said they heard a loud explosion at dawn in the city.

The bomber is suspected to be an al Qaeda member, the local official said.

Similar attacks have taken place in the past few months with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) a suspect in targeting military posts.

Yemen has been embroiled in civil war since March 2015 between the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, backed by a Saudi-led Arab coalition, and Iran-allied Houthis.

(Reporting By Mohammed Mukhashaf; Writing By Maha El Dahan; editing by Ralph Boulton)