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Al Qaeda bomber behind Yemen suicide attack

YemenA suicide bomber behind a deadly attack that killed four South Korean tourists in Yemen was trained in lawless Somalia, just across the busy Gulf of Aden shipping route, a Yemeni security official said on Tuesday.

The bombing, which is likely to further damage the impoverished country’s nascent tourism sector, came after repeated calls by al Qaeda leaders for attacks on non-Muslim foreigners in the Arabian Peninsula.

Violence in Yemen has affected foreign firms developing its oil and gas sector, while attacks on foreigners — including kidnappings by tribesmen — have hit tourism, diplomats say.

Yemen, the ancestral homeland of Osama bin Laden, has for years been battling al Qaeda and similar groups, but no group has yet claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack.

The official said Aajbari had trained in Somalia, a failed Horn of Africa country that Western security services fear in could be a base for al Qaeda-linked militants.

He identified the bomber as Abdel Rahman Mehdi al-Aajbari, who left his family home in the Yemeni province of Taizz around two months ago.

In a letter to his mother delivered by one of his fellow fighters, Aajbari wrote that his family would never see him again and that he believed he was on the “true path,” the official said.

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Yemen agreed in January to host the former Somali president, Abdullahi Yusuf, after he resigned in December.

Yusuf had been accused by donor countries and regional governments of being an obstacle to U.N.-hosted peace talks.

Tens of thousands of Somali refugees arrive in Yemen each year, making the perilous sea crossing to escape instability in their own country, and Yemen’s government is also struggling against an insurgency in the north and the potentially disastrous economic impact of dwindling water and oil reserves.

Analysts say Yemen’s multiple challenges put it in danger of becoming a “failed state,” whose own problems could spill across the border into Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter, which has been fighting its own campaign against al Qaeda.

Yemeni authorities have rounded up dozens of militants believed to be linked to al Qaeda, which has launched frequent attacks on government and Western targets in Yemen, including the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, a U.S. warship and a French tanker.

Sunday’s blast occurred as Korean tourists were visiting Shibam, a UNESCO World Heritage site dubbed the “Manhattan of the desert” for its 16th-century tower houses.

In January 2008, two Belgian tourists were killed in Yemen in an attack blamed on al Qaeda-linked militants.

Yemen joined the U.S.-led war against terrorism following the September 11, 2002 attacks on U.S. cities but is still viewed in the West as a haven for Islamist militants.

Source: Reuters

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One Response

  1. George says:

    With the recent attacks of Al Qaeda in Yemen there needs to be a stop to these senceless murders by those who only look for political and religious power over others.The real cause of it all is the sinfulness of the human heart.No matter what you say your religion is God our Creator has written a law in our hearts and given a conscience to know what is right or wrong.But when people are taught to do wrong and violate their consciences,they have sinned against God Almighty.The only cure for sin is repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.He alone is the Messiah,the Saviour,and the only true and living God.He came into the world to save sinners,and to seek and to save that which was lost.Since all mankind are lost in sin he came to be born of a virgin,live a sinless life,and die for all our sins on the cross,he was buried,and rose from the dead and was seen of men.And went back up to Heaven.The only way to have Gods gift of eternal life is not to murder people but to trust Jesus Christ and his sinless shed blood as the atonement for your sins against God.Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved,and thy house.(Acts 16:31).From the Holy Scriptures,the Authorized king James Holy Bible,the preserved word of God in English.Thank You,very much,Sincerely;

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