ADEN: A suspected Al-Qaeda suicide bomber killed three Yemeni soldiers and wounded nine others in an attack Tuesday on an army position in the country's south, military officials said.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), seen by the United States as the global terror network's most risky branch, has exploited years of conflict between the government and Iran-backed Huthi rebels to expand its presence in Yemen.
Last suspected al-Qaeda's attack in Yemen left 11 people dead in March, after a suicide bomber and gunmen targeted a local government compound in al-Houta in Lahj province, also located in southern Yemen.
The province of the Army is similar to that of Chabwa where an elite force, formed by the united arab Emirates -members of the arab coalition - and assisted by the Americans, just deploy after a tactical withdrawal of fighters from Al-Qaeda. Local residents and officials said the militants withdrew into the mountains without a fight.
The local militia forces are made up of tribesmen from Shabwa province.
The AQAP statement did not give an estimate of casualties in the attack.
The Pentagon on Thursday confirmed that the United States was helping Emirati and government forces battle AQAP in Shabwa.
Since 2015, Yemen has been the victim of an insidious war of aggression led by Saudi Arabia and financed by the United States and the United Kingdom.
Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said Friday that the operation involved "a very small number" of USA forces on the ground whose main task was to help the flow of information.
A United States air raid on the province in June killed local AQAP "emir " Abu Khattab al-Awlaqi, according to the Pentagon.
AQAP is believed to be the jihadi network's most unsafe affiliate. A cholera outbreak and widespread starvation are already compromising the health of the country's residents.