11 soldiers killed in separate attacks by al Qaida militants in Yemen
Al Qaida militants have killed 11 soldiers in two separate attacks in Yemen, security officials said.
Attacks on Sunday killed six troops at a security checkpoint in the southern coastal city of Shukra in Abyan province, and another five in the province of Hadramawt.
The United States has stepped up air strikes as part of a sustained assault on al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in areas of Yemen where it is most active, after a late-January special operations raid that resulted in the death of a Navy Seal.
Washington considers Aqap one of the most dangerous branches of the group, which maintains strongholds in territory seized amid the chaos of civil war.