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Yemeni forces foil al Qaeda plot; kill 34
Sanaa, Dec 17 (Agencies):
Published on 17 Dec. 2009 11:39 PM IST
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Thirty-four suspected al-Qaeda militants have been killed and 17 arrested by security forces, the Yemeni defence ministry said. The militants had allegedly been planning multiple suicide attacks, with eight of them preparing explosive vests, Reuters news agency reported. The operations were carried out in Abyan province in the south and in Arhab, north of the capital Sanaa. The resurgence of al-Qaeda in Yemen has raised concern in the region. Officials have indicated that the operations were considered a major success against al-Qaeda. The group was planning a number of suicide attacks against foreign and local targets, they say. Airforce jets and soldiers hit training camps and hideouts early on Thursday, disrupting plans for attacks on domestic and foreign interests in Yemen, including schools, according to the ministry-linked website The organisation has carried out frequent attacks in Yemen in recent months, generally against relatively low-level targets in the provinces such as local security officials. The US concerns about al-Qaeda in Yemen stem partly from the fact that the government in Sanaa has so many other security issues to worry about, says the BBC’s Owen Bennett-Jones in Sanaa. They include a civil war in the north of the country, and frequent armed pro-independence protests in the south. In 2000 al-Qaeda attacked the USS Cole off the port of Aden.

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