Saturday, June 9, 2012

Interior Ministry warns of further Al-Qaeda attacks in Sana’a

By NY Staff
June 9, 2012
The Interior Ministry has reported that the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization has made plans to attack governmental and other vital institutions in Yemen. The ministry considered these plans to be desperate reactions to overwhelming defeats suffered in Abyan, when hundreds of militants were killed and many others injured during army campaigns against them.
In a press release, the ministry stated that it had directed security forces in different governorates to take all precautions and to respond seriously to possible security threats.
A security source who preferred to be unnamed stated that Yemeni security forces are on alert following the discovery of three Al-Qaeda plans outlining attacks against government institutions using car bombs.
 “Security forces are tracking four bomb cars were surely reported to be in Sana’a and were prepared to attack the defense complex, security forces center and other targets,” noted the source. According to the source, a group of Al-Qaeda militants felt they could escape from security forces around Bab Al-Yemen, which sits close to the defense complex.
In this regard, Taher Haidar reported that Yemeni security forces foiled a plot targeting Yahya Mohammed Saleh, President of the Central Security Forces, and Ahmed Ali Saleh during a campaign to plant trees at a number of schools in Sana’a last week.

Yemen clashes leave 11 dead

Yemen clashes leave 11 dead
June 9, 2012
Al-Qaeda militants have killed two soldiers in Yemen's Abyan province, prompting troops to shell jihadist positions and kill nine extremists, military and local sources said Saturday.
"Al-Qaeda militants opened machine gun fire on an army post on the western outskirts of Jaar," an Al-Qaeda stronghold the army has been trying to retake since last month, "killing two soldiers and wounding four others," a military official said.
Troops responded to the late Friday assault by shelling Al-Qaeda positions on Jaar outskirts killing "several militants," the official told AFP.
A source in Jaar confirmed the shelling saying "we have buried nine Al-Qaeda militants in the town's cemetery," adding that five other jihadists were also wounded.
Yemeni forces launched an all-out offensive on May 12 aimed at reclaiming towns and cities lost to Al-Qaeda during the past year, including Abyan's capital Zinjibar.
Since the beginning of the attack, 457 people have been killed, according to an AFP tally combined from different sources. This includes 342 Al-Qaeda militants, 70 soldiers, 26 local armed men, and 19 civilians.