Sanaa, 14 July (AKI) – Suspected Al-Qaeda insurgents launched an attack on Yemen’s intelligence agency Wednesday killing at least 3 people, according to police.
Using high-calibre automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars, the attackers targeted the agency’s office in the troubled southern city of Abyan, reports said.
“The pair of attacks were spectacular, it’s Al-Qaeda again, it’s the second of its kind in less than one month against the Yemeni southern intelligence headquarters’ buildings,” an unnamed the official was quoted as saying.
On 19 June, militants raided the intelligence headquarters in the southern port city of Aden, killing at least 11. Al-Qaeda later claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it killed at least 24 people.
Yemen is the ancestral homeland of Al-Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden. The group whose bombed the destroyer USS Cole in a Yemeni port in 2000.
Yemen’s military has been trying to quell a four-month-old Shia Muslim uprising in the country’s northwest while it battles a separatist movement in its south.