Saturday, 12 June 2010

Tribal chief: Yemen tribesmen blow up oil pipeline

Source: The Associated Press


SAN'A, Yemen — A Yemeni tribal chief says tribesmen in his province have blown up an oil pipeline after the government recently bombed the area in retaliation for an attack on a military convoy.

Lawmaker Sheik Jaabal Tayman from the eastern Marib province says his tribesmen are angry over what they see as random airforce bombings.

He says the tribesmen deny any role in last week's attack by gunmen — thought to be from al-Qaida — on a military convoy that killed a senior Yemeni commander and a soldier.

Tayman says the pipeline blast took place on Saturday morning outside the provincial capital, Marib.

Tribesmen twice blew up oil pipelines in Marib in May. Those blasts came after an airstrike there that accidentally killed a provincial councilman and two bodyguards.

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