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Al-Qaeda seeks revenge from the military, air force soldiers are targeted

 
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By Shaher Abdulhak Saleh
 
In what is believed to be a retaliation attack on the coalition government following last Wednesday's presidential speech on Yemen's counter-terror strategy and the country strong alliance to the United States of America in all things al-Qaeda, an air force bus carrying soldiers back to Sana'a air base (near the international airport) was bombed on Sunday morning.
Officials have confirmed that at least six have died. The death toll might increase as injured soldiers are said to bore severe injuries.
Ameen Saree, an air force officer who was among the first of many to arrive at the scene told reporters that the bomb appeared to have been planted on the bus itself, which implies that al-Qaeda has either infiltrated the military and is aware of all movements and decisions, or that it bought intelligence from unscrupulous individuals within the army.
Either scenarios are deeply troublesome as they put Yemeni soldiers in jeopardy at a the most critical of times.
"The bomb exploded in the rear part of the bus and six of our colleagues were immediately killed," he told Reuters news agency.
Col Mahdi al-Aidarous confirmed that 24 soldiers were in the bus at the time of the attack. The bomb was detonated as the bus made his way across the international airport road, heading toward the air base.
While al-Qaeda has often targeted intelligence and security officers in retaliation to drone strikes against its militants, attacks are not usually carried out in the capital, Sana'a.
This new development and the confirmation that the terror group's arm does indeed stretch to Sana'a will in all likelihood force state officials to reassess their positions and their lines of defense.



 

 

 

 

 

 


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