Al-Qaeda fighters have attacked an airport in Yemen and bombed the facility’s air control tower, according to Yemeni security officials.
The officials said the coordinated attack on the Sayoun airport in the southern province of Hadramawt started from three directions early on Thursday.
At around the same time, security officials said a suicide bomber drove his explosives-laden car into the entrance of an army base.
An army source told Al Jazeera that at least six soldiers and three civilians were killed in a series of attacks in the town, including two women killed at a dates factory.
The source said the airport was under control of the security forces.
The violence came just hours after security forces arrested a number of suspected fighters in the same town, known for a strong presence of al-Qaeda.