SANAA, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- Three security soldiers were killed and five others wounded in an attack by al-Qaida militants on a security base in Yemen's southern province of Lahj on Tuesday, an interior ministry official told Xinhua.
He said the al-Qaida militants wearing security uniforms raided the soldiers guarding the main gate of the special forces based in al-Hota city of Lahj.
"The al-Qaida attackers fled the scene in a few minutes after the security forces fired back against them," the official said on condition of anonymity.
Last month, the militants stormed a military base in the southeast province of Hadramout, killing at least 15 military personnel.
The al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) said in a statement obtained by Xinhua that its last month attack in Hadramout targeted a joint U.S.-Yemeni security operations room used to direct drone strikes against al-Qaida members.
The AQAP, which emerged in January 2009, is considered the most strategic threat to the Yemeni government and its neighboring oil-rich Saudi Arabia.