Yemen suicide bomber was jailed over Qaeda links: father
The father of the suicide bomber who targeted the British envoy in Yemen has said that he was jailed in the past over suspected links to Al-Qaeda, a local news website said Tuesday.
Othman Ali Nouman al-Salawi "was in prison for two years over charges of belonging to Al-Qaeda," his father Nouman al-Salawi said according to Yemen News website.
"He continued to report to security," he said, without specifying when he was behind bars.
Salawi, 22, hurled himself Monday at the convoy of the British ambassador in Sanaa, Timothy Torlot, detonating his explosive belt. His body was torn into pieces, while the envoy and his company escaped unscathed.
Three bystanders were lightly wounded.
The father said that Salawi, who lived in Taiz, south of Sanaa, used to be absent from home for periods of up to two months.
Yemen interior ministry said Monday that the attack on Torlot's convoy carried the "fingerprints of Al-Qaeda."
Meanwhile, police arrested seven people suspected of having links to Salawi, a security official told AFP, as security forces intensified their hunt for suspects across Sanaa, mainly near the US and British embassies.
The British mission remained close to public on Tuesday.
© 2010 AFP