SANAA - A Yemeni court jailed nine al-Qaida members for between two and 10 years on Sunday for plotting to assassinate President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the country's news agency Saba reported.
Yemen is battling one of the most active wings of al-Qaida, known as Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has been foiled in several attempted attacks on Western targets, including airliners.
The prosecution said the group, which was also convicted of planning to kill military officers and kidnap foreigners, planted an explosive device this year on a road used by Hadi on his way to the presidential palace.
Their intention was to detonate the bomb remotely and kill Hadi, but the device was found and dismantled by security forces, prosecutors said.
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