The pro-government tribesmen repulsed a surprise attack by a group of Al-Qaida gunmen against a key checkpoint manned by tribal fighters in Abyan's suburbs,  leaving seven terrorists killed at the scene, media reported.

On Sunday, suspected Al-Qaida gunmen attacked a security checkpoint in Abyan, injuring three policemen.

Yemeni security services have repeatedly blamed militants of the Yemen-based Al-Qaida offshoot for a series of assassination attacks, mostly in the country’s southern regions.

The Yemen-based Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which emerged in January 2009, is considered the most strategic threat to the Yemeni government and its neighboring oil-rich Saudi Arabia.

(Agencies)

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