Observed by: Mr. Alaa Isam
The deputy governor of Abyan province, Salih al-Shamsi, says al-Qaida gunmen ambushed the military patrol Friday in Lawder in Abyan. He said the attackers fled and army units were chasing them in the area.
Lawder was the scene of heavy fighting between Yemen’s military and al-Qaida elements this fall after a series of attacks on security forces in the town and surrounding area.
Yemen’s government is battling a resurgent al-Qaida presence in the country that also drew deep international concern after the terror network’s local offshoot claimed responsibility for an attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner in December, 2009