SANAA, Yemen – Yemeni officials say that militants have shot down an army helicopter, killing all eight people on board including a military commander.
The officials say the helicopter was downed by a missile over the Al Qaeda stronghold of Wadi Ubida in central Yemen. The helicopter was flying from the capital Sanaa to the province of Marib, officials said. The passengers were part of a military force guarding oil installations in the province.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.
The attack comes at a time the U.S. and British embassies evacuated staff amid reports of a threatened attack by the terrorist group.