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Suicide car bomb kills 2 soldiers at checkpoint in south Yemen

A Yemeni security official says a suicide car bomb has killed two soldiers at a checkpoint in the country's south.

The official said another six were wounded Friday when the bomber blew up his explosives-rigged car after he was stopped at the checkpoint at the entrance to the city of Shibam, in Hadramawt province. He spoke on condition of anonymity according to rules.

Washington considers al-Qaida's Yemeni branch to be one of the world's most dangerous terrorist groups.

Six suspected militants of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, as the network's Yemen branch is known, were killed in Hadramawt earlier this month by two drone attacks.