Sunday, September 19, 2010

Al Quaeda Soldiers In Flurry Of Attacks In South Yemen

Abyan Province Deputy Governor Ahmed Ghalib al-Rahawi survived a rocket attack on his motorcade yesterday.

It is only the latest in a flurry of Al Quaeda attacks in this hotbed of Islamic Jihad, the ancestral homeland of Osama bin Laden.

Militants bombed a pipeline near a liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing plant last week near Sanaa.

Al Quaeda soldiers claimed they have killed more than 50 Yemeni soldiers over the past couple of weeks in various raids.

Al Quaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed credit for the assassination of Colonel Mohammed Faree, deputy director of the criminal investigation unit in Maree, on August 27.

The jihadist organization has claimed responsibility for six attacks on security forces in the province over the past months, including twin raids on the security centers of the nation, a raid on the intelligence center in the Port of Aden.

Yemeni national police claim they have arrested 14 members of the militant organization over the past few days.

In the attack on Mr. al-Rawahi, the car in which he was riding caught fire and turned over, injuring three bodyguards, according to the Chinese news agency, Xinhua.

The U.S.-backed Yemeni government has intensified security operations and air raids against terrorist groups after the Al Quaeda claimed credit for a botched bombing attempt on a U.S.-bound passenger plane in December.

President Barack Obama ordered a cruise missile strike on buildings believed to house Al Quaeda members following that alleged attempt.

MI5 Chief Jonathan Evans said in a London speech on Friday that “there is a persistent intent on the part of Al Quaeda and its associates to attack the U.K.”

The militant group made a bombing attack on the U.K. Embassy earlier this year.

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