Yemen bomber who killed eight Spaniards named
3 August 2007, SAN'A, Yemen - Security authorities have identified the body of the suicide bomber who plowed his car into a convoy of Spanish tourists in early July, killing eight of them and two Yemenis, the official Saba news agency reported.
3 August 2007
SAN'A, Yemen - Security authorities have identified the body of the suicide bomber who plowed his car into a convoy of Spanish tourists in early July, killing eight of them and two Yemenis, the official Saba news agency reported.
Saba said DNA tests of human remains found at the site of the bombing indicated the attacker was 21-year-old Abdu Mohammed Saad Ahmed, a Yemeni citizen.
The Spanish tourist group was visiting a temple linked to the ancient Queen of Sheba in the central province of Marib when it was targeted.
Thursday's report said Ahmed lived in the capital, San'a, and was recruited by Hamza Ali Saleh al-Dhiyani, a taxi driver who gave the suspect driving lessons and then took him to Marib to introduce him to other members of the terrorist cell.
The group included a total of eight Yemenis and two foreigners, Naif Mohammed al-Qahtani, a Saudi national, and Ahmed Bassiouni Dewidar, an Egyptian, according to Saba.
Seven members of the cell were reportedly tasked with planning and supervising the attack, while two others from Marib provided shelter and protection.
Police earlier thought Dewidar, an alleged al-Qaida operative who was killed three days after the attack while resisting arrest, was the mastermind behind the operation. But Saba said the government's investigation revealed Dewidar had offered logistical support to the group.
Fifteen people have been detained in connection with the investigation, but the members of the terrorist cell who are still alive remain at large, according to Saba.
[Copyright AP with Expatica]
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