Sanaa: Eleven people, including at least
six members of the security forces, were killed on Saturday in an
attack on a Yemeni intelligence headquarters in the southern
port city of Aden, medics said.
A building housing the intelligence services in the
Al-Tawahi district near the port came under fire at 0440 GMT,
by a group of men armed with rocket-propelled grenades,
grenades and machine guns, local officials told a news agency.
During the attack, an unknown number of prisoners
suspected of being members of al Qaeda were set free, the
officials said on condition of anonymity, adding that the
attack may have been the work of al Qaeda in the Arabian
Witnesses also said the assailants "were seen leaving the
building, taking people who had been detained there with
Medics reported that one of the dead was a woman cleaner.
Yemen, the ancestral homeland of Osama bin Laden, has
witnessed numerous attacks claimed by al Qaeda on foreign
missions, tourist sites and oil installations.
In October 2000, militants in an explosive-packed
high-speed boat blew a hole in the side of American warship
the USS Cole in Aden, killing 17 sailors.
Two years later, the French-registered 500,000-tonne
supertanker Limburg was damaged by another bomb-laden boat,
also attributed to al Qaeda, in the southeast port of
Ash-Shir, east of Aden.