Man who bombed tourists not dead

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9 August 2007, SANAA (AFP) - The alleged mastermind of a suicide bombing that killed eight Spanish tourists and two Yemeni drivers in Yemen in July was not among four militants killed by police, an official said Thursday.

9 August 2007

SANAA (AFP) - The alleged mastermind of a suicide bombing that killed eight Spanish tourists and two Yemeni drivers in Yemen in July was not among four militants killed by police, an official said Thursday.

Officials initially said Kassem al-Raimi was slain on Wednesday alongside three other wanted militants in the restive Marib region, about 150 kilometres east of the capital Sanaa.

The official Saba news agency reported on Thursday that Raimi, who escaped from a Sanaa prison in February 2006, was not killed and still remained at large.

"An investigation carried out by the security forces since yesterday showed that Kassem al-Raimi ... was not among the four Al-Qaeda operatives killed yesterday in the anti-terrorism mission," a senior Marib official told Saba.

He did not explain why Raimi was reported dead on Wednesday.

The slain men were named as Abdul Aziz Bin Jardan, Naji Bin Jarad, Ali Bin Doha and Aamer Bin Harid, Saba said.

The interior ministry had accused Raimi of planning the 2 July suicide bombing in Marib that killed the Spanish tourists and two local drivers.

In addition to the 10 people killed, six Spanish tourists, two Yemeni drivers and four police guards were wounded.

Al-Qaeda has been blamed for a series of attacks in Yemen, the ancestral homeland of its leader, Osama bin Laden. Some of them predated the 11 September 2001 attacks in the United States.

Attackers armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades struck Yemeni government targets in the restive Marib region on Thursday and clashed with security forces, witnesses told AFP.

(Copyright AFP with Expatica 2007)

Subject: Spanish news

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