- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

SANAA, Yemen (AP) - Security officials say gunmen have attacked an army patrol near a gas export terminal in southern Yemen, killing four soldiers.

The officials say another seven soldiers were wounded in the Wednesday attack near the vital Balhaf terminal in Shabwa province. The area has witnessed previous attacks by al-Qaida-linked militants.

Separately, a special forces commander named Fadi Gebil was killed in a drive-by shooting in the southern city of Aden.

Yemen’s branch of al-Qaida is considered the most dangerous in the world. It took over swaths of the south in 2011 before being ousted in an army offensive.

Officials spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

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