SANAA, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- A military commander survived a roadside bomb set by al-Qaida militants in Yemen's troubled city of Loder, Abyan province on Friday, which killed one of his escorts and wounded another five, including a woman and a child, a provincial official told Xinhua.
Commander of the 11th Infantry Brigade Colonel Mohsen Jezailan was slightly injured in the bomb attack that occurred Friday evening, which killed one of his escorts and wounded three others, the official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity, adding a woman and her child passing-by were wounded in the attack.
Meanwhile, the Yemeni Defense Ministry said that a security manhunt was launched to track down al-Qaida elements after they killed ten soldiers in ambush in southern Abyan province earlier Friday.
Earlier, a security official in Abyan told Xinhua that militants of al-Qaida ambushed a military convey heading to a military base in Loder city in Abyan, killing ten soldiers and wounding two.
The al-Qaida fighters managed to flee the scene while the dead and injured soldiers were taken to hospital. The ambush also destroyed one of the military vehicles as well as a lorry carrying water to a military base in the area, the official said on condition of anonymity.
Deputy Head of Loder's hospital Mohammed Abdullah confirmed to Xinhua that the ten bodies had been transferred from the hospital to the headquarters of the military base in Loder.
"The hospital also received two injured soldiers, one of them was in serious condition, who was wounded by shrapnel in his head and abdomen," Abdullah added.
Yemen witnessed fierce clashes between al-Qaida militants and the government troops in the districts of Loder and Modia in the southern province of Abyan in August and mid-October last year, leaving at least dozens of people dead.