Sunday, 1 April 2012

Al Qaeda kills seven more soldiers in eastern Yemen, sympathetic tribesmen try to control Sana’a airport

Al Qaeda kills seven more soldiers in eastern Yemen

By Nasser Arrabyee/01/04/2012

A total of seven security soldiers were killed by Al Qaeda fighters in the eastern province of Hudhrmout, said military sources early Sunday.

At the dawn of Sunday a group of terrorists infiltrated to the check point of Akabat Jujah which is located between Al Kuten and Shebam, in Sayoun, and they killed all the seven soldiers who were in the check point, the military sources said.

This terrorist attack came only day after 28 troops were killed in a military position between Al Qaeda controlled town of Jaar in the southern province of Abyan and the province of Lahj.
The deputy director of the intelligence in Lahj, Aboud Awadh Fadhl, was injured on Saturday with a bullet in his right leg when two terrorists riding a motor cycle shot him while walking close to his office.

And in Mukalla, the capital of the eastern province of Hudhrmout, senior security official survived an assassination attempt when his car exploded minutes before he came to drive on Saturday. Explosives were planted in the car by terrorists.

Meanwhile, one soldier at least was injured in Arhab area, about 35 km north of the international airport of Sana’a, where tribesmen loyal to the Islamists party, Islah, and loyal to Al Qaeda and the defected general Ali Muhsen, have been trying to control over military camps under the leadership of the son of the former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The local sources from Arhab said that the militants use RPG and artillery in their attacks on three camps that have been positioning in the area of Arhab since early 1980s as a strategic place to protect the capital Sana’a in general and the airport in particular.

Al Qaeda has been very active in Arhab and the neighboring areas since 2007. The extremist cleric, Abdul Majid Al Zandani, accused by US and UN of supporting global terrorism, is originally from Arhab, and he ‘as been hiding up there since March last year.

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