Yemen takes precautions against future terrorist strikes

11:54, July 25, 2010      

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Yemen said on Saturday it had stepped up security measures across the country to prevent future terrorist strikes.

The move came in the wake of a series of deadly terrorist attacks carried out by the Yemen-based al-Qaida wing on security and intelligence headquarters in the country's south, leaving dozens of security personnel dead, the country's interior ministry said in a statement.

The ministry issued the statement a day after al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) had claimed responsibility for the twin raids on the general security and intelligence buildings in the southern restive province of Abyan, which left at least three soldiers and an al-Qaida assailant dead.

The ministry added that it had dispatched a third batch of 54 well-equipped security vehicles to numerous police stations throughout several provinces in a bid to boost the security readiness to repel any potential terrorist attacks.

On Friday last week, the Yemeni-based al-Qaida regional wing claimed responsibility for two coordinated gun attacks that targeted the intelligence headquarters in Yemen's southern province of Abyan on July 14.

In a communique issued on jihadist forums, AQAP said: "two bands of the Jamil al-Ambari Martyr Brigades carried out raids on the political and general security buildings in Abyan province -- in two blessed operations.

"The two blessed raids resulted in the death and injury of dozens of officers and soldiers of the political and general security buildings," said AQAP.

Al-Qaida said the two raids were in revenge for the killing of Jamil al-Ambari, the Emir Al-Mujahedeen (militants' leader) in Abyan, and vowed to launch more attacks in the near future against the government security facilities.

On July 14, a provincial security official told Xinhua by phone that two coordinated gun attacks on the intelligence headquarters in Abyan killed at least 10 intelligence personnel and wounding 13 others.

The government of Yemen has intensified security operations and air raids against terrorist groups, after the Yemen-based al-Qaida wing claimed responsibility for a failed Christmas Day attempt to blow up a U.S. passenger plane bound for Detroit last year.

Yemen is the ancestral homeland of al-Qaida network leader Osama bin Laden.

Source: Xinhua


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