26 September 2010

Ambush in Yemen

Al Qaeda Local 406 ambushed a bus of Yemeni security forces.

Two al-Qaida militants ambushed a bus carrying Yemeni security personnel in the capital on Saturday, spraying the vehicle with gunfire and injuring 10 passengers, a security official said.

The violence shifted to the capital after a five-day offensive to flush out 120 al-Qaida militants who had holed up in a town in the lawless southern region where the local branch of the terror group has found safe haven.

The gunmen, moving on foot, opened fire on the bus as it was transporting security personnel back to their base in a crowded neighborhood in western San'a, the security official said. The gunmen fled.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

The gunmen were able to evade security and carry out the ambush despite a tip-off received a day earlier by the San'a police chief that al-Qaida was plotting attacks against security bases in the capital.

In response to the warning, police increased security around a major base in a southern San'a neighborhood that is also home to foreign embassies. The main road leading to the neighborhood was also sealed and several additional checkpoints were put up in various parts of the capital.

By: Brant

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