Police hold three al-Qaeda suspects for Yemen attack

20th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 August 2007, SAN'A, Yemen - Police have arrested an Egyptian and two Yemenis suspected of participating in the July suicide attack against a Spanish tour group visiting the country, a security official said.

20 August 2007

SAN'A, Yemen - Police have arrested an Egyptian and two Yemenis suspected of participating in the July suicide attack against a Spanish tour group visiting the country, a security official said.

The Egyptian was identified as Mohammed Yaquot, an alleged al-Qaida member who entered Yemen illegally a few months ago, according to the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

The official did not disclose the names of the two Yemenis, and it was unclear if they were suspected of belonging to al-Qaida, which authorities have blamed for the attack. The three arrests occurred Saturday, the official reported.

Yemeni officials have arrested dozens of suspects since the attack, which occurred in early July against a Spanish tour group visiting an ancient temple in the central province of Mareb. A suicide bomber plowed his car into the tourist convoy, killing eight Spaniards and two Yemenis.

Al-Qaida has an active presence in Yemen, the ancestral home of Osama bin Laden, despite government efforts to fight the network. The group was blamed for the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Aden that killed 17 American sailors and the attack on a French oil tanker that killed one person two years later.

Also Saturday, unknown assailants fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a police checkpoint in Mareb, the official said. The grenade missed the target and hit a hotel, causing damage but no casualties.

[Copyright AP with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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