Sanaa: Members of a Yemeni tribe attacked
an oil pipeline with rocket-propelled grenades to avenge the
death of a provincial official killed by mistake in an
anti-Qaeda raid, a tribal source said on Tuesday.
Members of the Al-Shabwan tribe attacked the pipeline
passing over their land in Marib province, east of the capital
Sanaa, "to avenge the death of the Secretary General of Marib
provincial council, Jaber Ali al-Shabwani," the source said to a news agency.
The 450 km pipeline connects the Safer oil field in Marib
with the port of Al-Salif on the Red Sea.
Shabwani and four of his bodyguards were killed in the
Yemeni air strike which targeted a wanted al Qaeda suspect
yesterday night, a security source said to a news agency.
The suspect, named as Mohammed Said bin Jardan, was
wounded but was able to escape, the source said.
According to a local official, Shabwani had been
negotiating for the past week for Bin Jardan`s surrender and
had gone to the farm which was hit in the air strike for
Yemen is the ancestral homeland of al Qaeda leader
Osama bin Laden and has been the scene of several attacks
claimed by the group on foreign missions, tourist sites and
Marib is one of al Qaeda`s Yemeni strongholds.