Dubai: Al Qaeda on Friday claimed twin attacks
on security and intelligence headquarters in the south Yemen
town of Zinjibar on July 14 in which three policemen were
killed, in an Internet statement.
The group`s Yemen branch, al Qaeda in the Arabian
Peninsula (AQAP), said in the statement posted on Islamist
websites that the attack was to avenge the deaths of the "emir
of the mujahedeen" in the Yemen province of Abyan, Jamil
al-Ambari, and fellow jihadist Samir al-Sanaani.
The two were among three al Qaeda fighters Yemen`s
authorities said were killed in an air force raid on March 14
in Abyan`s Moudia district.
In its statement, AQAP said that "dozens were killed and
wounded" in the July 14 attack, which witnesses said targeted
Zinjibar`s intelligence and security service headquarters.
It also said one of its fighters was killed and two
wounded in the raid.
Yemen security officials had put the toll at three
policemen killed and 11 wounded, and said two gunmen were
killed and one wounded in the attack.
Witnesses had said the gunmen arrived on motorbikes and
immediately launched simultaneous attacks on the two
headquarters with rocket-propelled grenades, assault rifles
In today`s statement, AQAP vowed to continue its fight in
Yemen until the fall of President Ali Abdullah Saleh`s
It said efforts by "treacherous Arab leaders" and
"American tyrants" to keep Saleh in power would fail.
"This corrupt, unjust and weak regime is about to fall.
And the mujahedeen will continue their attacks until they
achieve victory," said the statement, the authenticity of
which could not immediately be verified.