Police investigating the suicide bombing attack on British Ambassador Tim Torlot have arrested dozens of Al-Qaeda suspects on Tuesday.
Security officials said among those arrested, seven Yemenis had close relations with Othman Ali al-Sulwi, the suicide bomber who attacked the diplomat. Previously, Sulwi and the seven men had spent two years in prison after they were arrested for their alleged link with the September 11, 2001 attacks. Meanwhile, the spokeswoman of the British embassy in Sana’a declared that the office will remain close to the public for at least the rest of the week.
Yemen has been battling a number of terrorist groups for years, including Al-Qaeda’s proxy in the region, AQAP (Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) which is responsible for carrying out a number of attacks on foreign targets, including the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Aden harbour, killing 17 American sailors. In August last year, an AQAP suicide bomber failed to kill Saudi Arabia‘s anti-terrorism chief, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef.