Yemeni officials: Attack blamed on al-Qaida kills 5 police

Yemeni officials: Gunmen attack police checkpoint in country's south, killing at least 5 policemen

SANAA, Yemen -- Security officials say gunmen attacked a police checkpoint in southern Yemen, killing at least five policemen and wounding three.

The officials say the assailants struck on Friday with hand grenades and an RPG launcher at a checkpoint in Abyan province. The province is located 195 kilometers, or 120 miles, northeast of Yemen's port city of Aden.

The officials say the attackers also set on fire an armored vehicle before fleeing the scene after seizing police machineguns. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

They blamed the attack on al-Qaida.

Yemen has been at war since 2014, when Iran-backed Houthi rebels took over the capital, Sanaa, prompting a Saudi-led military campaign to intervene to restore the internationally recognized government to power.