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At least 15 killed in gun and bomb attack in Yemen

At least 15 people have been killed and 30 others wounded by masked gunmen in an attack on a checkpoint in Yemen, officials have said.

A group of unidentified militants set off a car bomb and exchanged gunfire with government troops in the fortress city of Shibamin in the Hadramawt province.

The Yemen wing of the so-called Islamic State group has claimed they were responsible for the attack in posts on social media. That claim has not yet been confirmed.

Initial reports had suggested that the attack might be the work of al Qaeda, which controls much of Hadramawt province and has claimed previous attacks on the same checkpoint.

Eight children among dead in air strike on wedding party

At least 27 people, including eight children, have been killed in an air strike on a wedding party in Yemen.

The air strike occurred in the village close to the Red Sea port of Mocha, marked on the map. Credit: Google Maps

A local resident told Reuters that 12 women and seven men died in the strike on the southern village of Wahijah.

A local official put the death toll at 30.


PM 'so pleased' for family of British hostage freed in Yemen

A British national held hostage in Yemen is "safe and well" after being freed by United Arab Emirates forces, David Cameron has said.

The Briton, named by the UAE's state news agency as Douglas Robert Semple, 64, was released in a military intelligence operation.

He had reportedly been working as an engineer when he was kidnapped in February last year.


British hostage freed in Yemen is 'safe and well'

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said a British national who has been freed after being held hostage in Yemen is "safe and well".

The Briton, whose identity has not been revealed, was freed after by United Arab Emirates forces.

The hostage was released after an operation by United Arab Emirates forces in Yemen. Credit: Reuters

I'm pleased to confirm that a British hostage held in Yemen has been extracted by UAE forces in a military intelligence operation.

The British national is safe and well and is receiving support from British Government officials. We are very grateful for the assistance of the UAE.

– Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

Multiple car bombings kill at least 30 people in Yemen

Dozens of people have been killed or injured Credit: Reuters

At least 30 people are dead after four car bombs exploded in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

Many more were injured, according to security officials.

The bombs hit three mosques and the political headquarters of the Shia Houthi movement. There may have been a fifth bomb according to AFP.

Yemen has been in turmoil since September after it was taken over by Houthi rebels forcing the president Mansour Abdrabbuh to resign and flee to Saudi Arabia.

A coalition of Arab states headed by Saudi Arabia has been bombing Houthis strongholds.

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