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Deadly suicide bombing rocks Yemeni capital

At least 10 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, security sources say.

One unconfirmed report said as many as 50 people might have been killed.

The assailant targeted soldiers practising for a military parade to mark National Unity Day on Tuesday, which the president is due to attend.

The bomber, who was wearing military uniform, blew himself up among the soldiers as they marched through Sabin Square, near the presidential palace.

Witnesses said remains of the victims were scattered across the square, where large military parades are often held.

National Unity Day marks the anniversary of the unification of the Marxist People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen, also known as South Yemen, and the Yemen Arab Republic, known as North Yemen, in 1990.

Monday’s attack comes 10 days after the military launched an offensive against Islamist militants linked to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in the southern province of Abyan.

Over the weekend, at least 33 militants and 19 soldiers were reportedly killed in clashes near the town of Jaar, in Abyan, which has been under control of Ansar al-Sharia – an offshoot of AQAP – since last year.

On Sunday, a US military instructor was shot and wounded by unidentified gunmen as he drove through the eastern Red Sea port of Hodeida. Ansar al-Sharia later said in a statement that it had been behind the attack.”

Source: BBC News

New Underwear Plane Bomb Plot Foiled By US

An al Qaeda plot to blow up a US-bound aircraft using an underwear bomb has been foiled, American officials have said.

The plot, close to the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s killing, involved a sophisticated version of the device that failed to detonate aboard a plane over Detroit on 25 December, 2009, they added.
The CIA thwarted the latest plan by al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen and the new device has been recovered.
The FBI is examining the bomb to see whether it could have passed through airport security and brought down an airplane, officials said.
They said the device did not contain metal, meaning it probably could have passed through an airport metal detector.
But it was not clear whether new body scanners used in many airports would have detected it.
The would-be suicide bomber was told to buy a ticket on the airliner of his choosing and decide the timing of the attack.
But he had not yet picked a target or bought his ticket when the CIA stepped in and seized the bomb, officials added.
It was not immediately clear what happened to him.
The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said no airline was ever at risk.
The White House said the plot never posed any risk to the public.
One official said: “This device has the hallmarks of previous AQAP bombing attempts.
“The plot was disrupted well before it threatened American or US allies and no airlines were ever at risk from this device.”
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Source: UK

Senior al Qaeda operative killed by airstrike in Yemen

Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) — A senior operative of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula wanted for his role in the USS Cole bombing was killed by an airstrike in Yemen on Sunday, Yemeni officials said.

Fahd al Quso, 37, was killed while riding in a vehicle in the Rafdh district in Shabwa province, according to the officials.

Al Qaeda members confirmed the death in text messages to local media, saying al Quso died along with a companion identified as Fahd Lakdum.

Al Quso was indicted by a federal grand jury in New York in 2003 on 50 counts of terrorism offenses for his role in the October 12, 2000, bombing of the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen. The bombing killed 17 U.S. sailors.

In addition to being one of the most-wanted terrorists in Yemen, the FBI had offered a $5 million reward for any information leading to al Quso’s capture.

He had been at large since escaping in April 2003 with eight others from a Yemeni prison, where they had been held on suspicion of involvement in the Cole bombing.

Earlier Sunday, two security officials told CNN that four Yemeni airstrikes killed six suspected al Qaeda militants and wounded two others in Lawder district of Abyan province.

The Defense Ministry said that 10 other suspected militants had been killed since Saturday morning in the same province’s Zinjibar district.

The ministry said that the strikes were targeting two locations: a militant hideout and a training site.

Nine troops were wounded in Abyan’s capital of Zinjibar when a mortar exploded, a senior Defense Ministry official told CNN. Two of the wounded were in critical condition, he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the news media.

Local security officials said that the offensive has been the fiercest since last year, when the country began its anti-terrorism efforts.

More than 240 militants have been killed over the last month in Abyan alone, the security officials said.

“Al-Qaeda has been greatly weakened over the last two months and we expect them to evacuate strategic positions over the next two weeks,” a senior official in Abyan who is not authorized to speak to the news media told CNN on condition of anonymity.

He said that 24 soldiers were killed during the same period of time.

Yemeni government military planes roam the skies of Abyan throughout the day, residents said.

“We wake up in the morning and see bodies laying on roads or near our farms. Most of the attacks take place late at night or early morning,” said Yasser al-Numairi, a resident of Abyan.

The violence comes as newly elected President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi has vowed to increase the pressure on al Qaeda until they are eradicated from every Yemeni village.

“Our fight against al Qaeda will continue until the displaced citizens can return safely to their homes and terrorist operatives surrender and lay their arms,” Hadi said Saturday night in a speech broadcast on Yemen Television.

The Interior Ministry said on Sunday that 14 suspected al-Qaeda militants were arrested in April and that it will continue hunting down terrorists nationwide.

Al Qaeda is seeking to take advantage of the political unrest in Yemen to expand into new areas of southern Yemen.

CNN’s Barbara Starr contributed to this report.

Source : CNN News

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