Five reported killed in Al-Qaeda-style attack in Yemen

Site Intelligence Group /AFP

Three police officers and two assailants are reported to have been killed in an attack by hooded, armed motorcyclists at a provincial intelligence and security headquarters in south Yemen on Wednesday.



As well as the five dead, 11 people, including two woman police officers, were wounded, according to an anonymous security official quoted by the AFP news agency.

The attacks, which the official blames on Al-Qaeda, took place in Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan province.

About 20 armed motorcyclists are reported to have taken part and to have managed to take away the body of one of their comrades, along with one who was wounded.

Some of the attackers are reported to have fled towards the village of Jaar, which is considered to be an armed Islamist stronghold.

On 1 July, armed motorcyclists killed an intelligence officer, Commander Saleh Amdheib, on a market in Zinjibar.

Last month, 11 people, including seven members of the security services, were killed in an attack on intelligence service offices in neighbouring Aden province. The attack was claimed by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula and let to the release of a number of prisoners accused of belonging to the movement.

Yemen became a focus of international attention after Nigerian national Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who tried to blow up a US plane on Christmas Day, was found to have been trained by Al-Qaeda there.


A separatist movement is also active in the south.

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