This is a story on some breaking news coming out of Lawdar written by my friend Shu’aib M. al-Mosawa. He’s a Yemeni journalist that focuses on AQAP activity and is probably better connected with tribal and military sources in the south than any other journalist I know.
Senior military officials escaped an assassination attempt by suspected al-Qaeda militants in the Lawdar district of Abyan Governorate early Saturday morning, according to senior Abyan military officials.
The security source, who requested to remain anonymous, said Ahmed Mubarak Naser, Staff Major General of 111 Infantry Brigade based in Lawdar, was injured when suspected group of al-Qaeda members opened fire on the ruling party headquarters in Lawdar. The source added that Lieutenant Colonel, Salih al-Aghwar; and Soldier, Faisal Aiyas, were also injured. The attackers, the source said, used automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades before fleeing.
The wounded were taken to a hospital, the source said, and there is no news about them of yet.
This attack is considered the biggest since al-Qaeda fighters attacked a convey of senior military officials in Lawdar area and killed around 10 soldiers on the 7th of January, 2011.
Al-Qaeda offshoot in Yemen, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), has increased its fighting against government troops during the past couple of years. Lawdar district, a stronghold of al-Qaeda, has witnessed several battles between AQAP and government troops. More than five dozens have been killed of both sides since then.