Intelligence official survives assassination attempt in south Yemen

09:37, December 14, 2010      

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A senior intelligence official survived Monday a roadside bombing believed to be planted by al- Qaida militants in Yemen's southern province of Abyan, a stronghold of the terrorist group, state media reported.

Deputy head of political security of Abyan's capital city Zinjibar Colonel Ahmed Ali Matrees survived unharmed the roadside bombing that exploded just moments before his car arrived at the intelligence headquarter, the ruling party's website said.

The car was lightly damaged while Matrees survived unscathed, the website said.

It cited eyewitnesses as saying that two militants on motorcycles were close to the scene and they believed the pair blasted the bomb by a remote control device. "Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in September distributed a list of 55 names of Abyan's top security officers to be assassinated, Colonel Ahmed Ali Matrees was on the list," the portal added.

Source: Xinhua

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