ADEN, Yemen, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- About three suicide car bombings hit a key military site in Yemen's southeastern province of Shabwa early on Friday, leaving at least 40 army soldiers killed and dozens of others injured, a government official told Xinhua.
The three explosives-rigged cars went off at a military site in Azzan area, in the southeastern Shabwa province, killing at least 40 army soldiers and wounding dozens of others, the local government official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
One of the car bombings ripped through a key site manned by the armed forces in Azzan area, killing 30 army soldiers and wounding 20 others at the scene, the government source said.
Another two car bombs went off at the police station headquarters in the same area, killing up to 10 soldiers and wounding several others, he said.
"We heard three loud explosions nearby the police station center and when we came out we saw smoke coming out of the buildings and burning vehicles and dozens of army soldiers killed. It was terrible scene," a local resident told Xinhua anonymously.
The toll of Friday suicide attacks could rise as ambulances and civilian cars sent victims to different hospitals and medical centers in the city, according to local sources.
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has claimed responsibility for these bombing attacks.
A spokesman of the AQAP told Xinhua by phone early Friday that they launched wide-scale attacks using two car bombs and ground attacks on an army barracks and the police station, which killed more than 50 soldiers.
He said that their attacks took place a few minutes after a U.S. drone raided a militant car in Eyen Ma'Bad area in Shabwa and killed all on board.
Security operation room of Shabwa told Xinhua that the killed troops of the targeted army barracks were on duty of securing and protecting a nearby oil installation in the southern edge of the province.
The Yemen-based AQAP, which emerged in January 2009, is considered the most strategic threat to the Yemeni government and its neighboring oil-rich Saudi Arabia.
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