Suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen stormed an airport in Yemen’s southeastern Hadramawt province on Thursday, triggering an army intervention to evacuate the passengers of a civilian airliner, military and security officials said.

Three soldiers were killed in the attack on Sayun airport, while five more were killed in a suicide bombing that hit a nearby military headquarters, the officials said.

Troops were still in a standoff with the militants, who seized the airport control tower and took hostages before bombing it, a security official said. […]