Five soldiers and a senior local army intelligence officer have been killed in two separate attacks in Yemen, security officials say.

Officials say the first attack was carried out on Saturday when suspected al - Qaeda militants attacked an army checkpoint in Radda district of the southwestern province of al - Bayda. They said that several troopers were wounded and two assailants killed in the exchange of fire. In another incident, two unidentified armed men riding on a motorbike shot dead Brigadier General Ali Ahmed Abdelrazzaq, the army intelligence chief of the southern city of Mukalla, outside his home on the same day. Al - Qaeda loyalists have carried out a spate of deadly attacks against Yemeni security forces since President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, successor to toppled dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh, came to power in February 2012.