4 troops killed in 2 Yemeni provinces

 Four Yemeni soldiers were killed and four others wounded in two separate attacks that took place on Friday in the southern Hadhramaut province and the eastern Maarib province.

"Armed groups threw a bomb at an army patrol near a military facility in the city of Seiyun that killed three and injured four," a military source who requested anonymity told The Anadolu Agency.

In Maarib, meanwhile, another military source told AA that "unknown assailants" had shot Lieut. Col. Jamal al-Asadi near his home by the airport, killing him instantly.

Responsibility for either attack has yet to be claimed by any groups, but the military source blamed the Ansar al-Sharia armed group for the Hadhramaut attack.

In recent months, Hadhramaut has been the scene of repeated attacks that the government typically blames on Ansar al-Sharia.

On Thursday, the group claimed responsibility for a bombing one day earlier that killed three soldiers and injured five others.