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Yemen’s al-Qaeda Claims Responsibility for Attacks on Military

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March 7 (Bloomberg) -- Militants from Yemen’s al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for attacks on the military this month that left about 100 soldiers dead and more than 150 wounded, and led to the capture of 73 men.

The group, known as al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, said in a statement on its website today that it carried out attacks on government forces from March 2 to March 4, including the bombing of a military plane in Sana’a, the capital, and the destruction of two tanks and an ammunition store.

During the operations, the group seized a tank, anti-aircraft weapons, a rocket launcher, 100 Kalashnikov rifles, three vehicles and a large amount of ammunition. Two militants were killed while 13 were injured, according to the statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mohammed Hatem in Sana’a, Yemen, at mhatem1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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