Saturday, April 7, 2012

Yemeni al-Qaida claims responsibility for suicide bombing against intelligence center

ADEN, Yemen, April 6 (Xinhua) -- The Yemen-based al-Qaida branch claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that targeted a center of the military intelligence agency in the southern port city of Aden on Friday morning.

"Two Fighters of Partisans of Sharia were martyred before reaching the main target in Aden because of a mistake in timing the explosives," the al-Qaida spokesperson said a statement obtained by Xinhua.

"The two holly warriors were on their way to carry out a jihadist attack against an intelligence office belonging to the Yemeni government in Mansoura district," it said.

Two suicide bombers riding an explosives-laden motorbike blew themselves up on Friday morning outside the headquarters of the military intelligence agency in the Mansoura district in Aden, killing themselves only at the scene, a police officer told Xinhua.

The officer said that the al-Qaida suspects appeared to be in their early 20s.

The suicide attack came just a few hours after the country's interior ministry announced that Yemeni Government troops have killed more than 100 al-Qaida fighters during fierce battles with the terrorist group in the neighboring southern provinces of Lahj and Abyan in the past two days.

The southern port city of Aden, a main stronghold of the pro- secession groups in southern Yemen, has been plagued by violence since al-Qaida militants overran several towns in neighboring Abyan province last May. Explosions and assassinations conducted by pro-secession militants and al-Qaida fighters were frequently seen in the city during the past year.

Local observers and analysts fear that security situation in Aden may worsen as the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch threatens to overrun the port city, despite the tightened security measures adopted by Yemeni authorities.

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