Yemen foils al-Qaida plot, seizes 40 explosive belts

By REUTERS
August 8, 2012 17:22

 
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SANAA - Yemen has foiled a plot by an al-Qaida-linked cell to carry out attacks inside the capital Sanaa and seized 40 belts packed with explosives, the mayor said on Wednesday, highlighting the risks posed by Islamist militancy in the impoverished Arab state.

The Defense Ministry said seven militants had also been detained in the southern town of Jaar, where a suicide bomber killed 45 tribal fighters earlier this week and threatened further attacks on a bigger scale.

Yemen declared victory in June over Islamist militants calling themselves Ansar al-Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law), following a US-backed military campaign that drove Islamist fighters from their strongholds in the southern province of Abyan, where they had gained a foothold.

But militants have shown they continue to pose a serious threat, despite losing control over several towns they had seized while former leader Ali Abdullah Saleh was grappling with protests that eventually toppled him.

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