Yemen: Militants kill 5 soldiers at checkpoint

Suspected al Qaeda militants in pickup trucks attacked a Yemeni security checkpoint on Friday, killing five soldiers and injuring three others, two Yemeni Defense Ministry officials said.

Soldiers killed an unspecified number of attackers during the incident in southern Hadramaut province, the Defense Ministry said. More than a dozen militants arrived in three pickup vehicles, according to the ministry.

Checkpoint attacks have been common in Yemen over the past year. Last month, gunmen killed 20 soldiers at a different Hadramaut checkpoint. In February, 18 soldiers were killed and six others were injured in the same province. The government has yet to release details about the perpetrators in either attack.

On Thursday, the Yemeni Interior Ministry announced it intensified its hunt for terror suspects around the country, and that its forces would be on high alert for terror attacks.