Militants kill 20 security men in Yemen raid

March 25, 2014 - 5:07:54 am

ADEN: Suspected militants killed 20 members of Yemen’s security forces in a dawn raid on a checkpoint yesterday, state news agency Saba said, in an attack officials said bore the hallmarks of the local branch of Al Qaeda.

The Yemeni interior minister suspended senior security officials in the eastern province of Hadramout where the attack took place and ordered an immediate investigation, Saba said. A local official said the troops, who belonged to a paramilitary unit under the Interior Ministry, were mostly asleep when the raiders attacked the checkpoint, located some 120km east of the provincial capital Al Mukalla.

“A terrorist attack, involving four armed vehicles, surprised a security checkpoint ... resulting in 20 members of the special security forces being martyred,” Saba quoted a security source as saying.  There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. A security source in the capital Sana’a said two members of the security forces had been seized and taken away by the militants.