SANAA, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- An al-Qaida suicide car bombing hit a military checkpoint in Yemen's southeastern province of Hadramout on Friday, killing at least three soldiers and injuring six others, an interior ministry official told Xinhua.
The attack targeted the checkpoint manned by the 37th Armored Brigade in the morning at the entrance of the historical town of Shibam, about 790 km southeast of the capital Sanaa.
Investigation shows that al-Qaida members carried out the attack, the official told Xinhua.
The Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which emerged in January 2009, is considered the most strategic threat to the country and its neighboring oil-rich Saudi Arabia.
U.S. drones increased air raid earlier this month against AQAP in Yemen's southern regions after the White House closed the U.S. embassy in Sanaa over security threats. The Yemeni government said more than 40 suspected terrorists were killed in the strikes.
On Sunday, the United States, Britain and Germany reopened their embassies in Yemen after about two weeks of closure.