At least 35 soldiers were killed in twin suicide bombings and ensuing clashes with al Qaeda militants in Yemen on Sunday, hospital sources said, part of an upsurge in attacks since a presidential election two weeks ago.  A Yemeni army officer said at least 20 of the Islamist militants also died in the fighting in the country's south, an unstable territory near oil shipping routes through the Red Sea.  Residents and local officials said a vehicle exploded at a military position at the western entrance to the city of Zinjibar, near the Gulf of Aden.  At least seven people were killed in that blast, medical sources said.

The attacks underscore the challenges facing newly elected President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi as he tries to bring stability to Yemen after a year of protests against his predecessor, Ali Abdullah Saleh, that pushed Yemen to the brink of civil war.  Months of anti-Saleh protests weakened central government control over whole swathes of Yemen to the benefit of militants linked to al Qaeda which has expanded its foothold in the south.

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