Suspected al-Qaida attacks injure 8 soldier in S Yemen

20:47, August 03, 2010      

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At least eight soldiers were wounded on Tuesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up in front of the main gate of the security headquarters in the southern Yemeni province of al-Dhalee, a local security official said.

According to the official, police sources suspected that the suicide bomber is affiliated with the regional al-Qaida wing as the investigations are underway to specify the reasons behind the attack.

In a separate incident in southern province of Abyan, a militant on a motorbike threw a hand grenade at the gate of the intelligence building on Tuesday, a provincial security official told Xinhua.

"A militant believed to be a member of al-Qaida group hurled a hand grenade into the main gate of the building of the intelligence headquarters of Abyan province," the official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

"No one of the soldiers was killed or injured, the assailant managed to flee with his motorcycle," he added.

The official also told Xinhua that "the two attacks on Tuesday bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida."

Yemen, the ancestral homeland of al-Qaida network leader Osama bin Laden, has intensified its fight against terrorist groups after the Yemen-based al-Qaida wing claimed responsibility for the failed Christmas Day attempt to blow up a U.S. passenger plane bound for Detroit last year.

The impoverished Arab country is also struggling from a growing southern separatist group that demands to secede the south from the north after nearly 20 years of the unification between the two parts.

Source: Xinhua


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