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Suspected al-Qaida militants attack southern Yemen army command, kill 3 soldiers, civilian

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Yemeni mourners carry the coffins of soldiers who were killed by suspected al-Qaida militants at a checkpoint in Hadramawt province, during their funeral in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, March 30, 2014. Suspected al-Qaida militants attacked a security checkpoint in southeastern Yemen, first sending in a suicide car bomb then storming it, officials said on March 24. They killed 22 troops and left only one survivor, who pretended he was dead. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed) (The Associated Press)

Yemeni officials say suspected al-Qaida militants attacked an army command in the south, killing at least three soldiers and a civilian.

Military officials say Wednesday's attack in the port city of Aden started when the attackers detonated an explosives-laden car at the complex's gate and fired on the troops.

Hospital officials say two of the attackers also died in the subsequent shootout.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The Aden attack appeared to mirror an attack that targeted the defense ministry's headquarters in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa last December in which more than 50 people were killed.

Al-Qaida in Yemen, which is considered the most active branch of the terror network, claimed responsibility for the Sanaa attack.