Ten suspects and six Yemeni soldiers died during a terrorist attack on the main military installation in the city of Aden on Wednesday, April 2, 2013, according to Theresa Belgrave, a former police intelligence analyst specializing in Muslim terrorism, and according to Reuters and other news sources.
Police officials believe the suicide bombing followed by shootings were the work of the Islamist group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and that it was similar to previous attacks on police stationhouses and military installations by the al-Qaeda branch, as reported by the Examiner.
In December 2013, al-Qaeda members attacked the Defense Ministry building in the capital city of Sanaa. Also, in February, a police chief was assassinated by unknown killers in Yemen's southern city of Aden on Wednesday night, according to an American public safety and security expert, James Campbell. Yemeni law enforcement believe the perpetrators are members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, according to an Examiner news story.
Yemen's Saba news reported that al-Qaeda terrorists launched a sneak attack on the country's Fourth Division army headquarters in Aden's following a car bomb blast near the installation's main security gate.
The Saba news website also reported that a 10-year-old boy died and four civilians were wounded by a mortar shell that missed its target the battle between the army and the terrorists.
Yemen, an ally of the United States in the Global War on Terrorism, shares the Arabian Peninsula with top global oil producer Saudi Arabia. It has been battling AQAP for six years. Most of AQAP's attacks have involved police stations, military checkpoints and bases, and government officials and installations, according to Examiner news stories.