Aden: A car bomb tore through a market near
security headquarters in the south Yemen town of Daleh on Thursday,
killing two people, one a policeman, and wounding 22, a
security official said.
"A bomb planted in the car of a police officer exploded
in the qat (mild narcotic leaf) market near the security
headquarters" in Daleh, capital of the province of the same
name, the official said.
"One policeman and one civilian were killed and 22 others
wounded," he said.
Police cordoned off the area after the explosion, while
ambulances carried the wounded to the town`s hospitals.
A hospital official in the town told AFP that several of
the wounded were seriously hurt.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.
Yemen`s security forces have been battling secessionist
elements in the south, where they are also hunting al-Qaeda
jihadists believed behind two parcel bombs posted to the
United States from Yemen and which were discovered in Dubai
and Britain a week ago.
Washington believes the parcel bombs were the work of
Saudi militant Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, a suspected al-Qaeda
bombmaker, who is believed hiding out in south Yemen.
In Abyan, another southern province, Yemeni security
forces today surrounded the town of Jaar, where soldiers and
suspected al-Qaeda militants clashed the previous day, in
preparation for an assault, a Yemeni official said.
"Forces surrounded the town and were preparing to assault
the houses where al-Qaeda elements have taken refuge," the
official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
"A meeting of security forces commanders was held in
Zinjibar and it was decided to clear the town of al-Qaeda
elements," the official said.
Jaar, considered a stronghold of al-Qaeda in southern
Yemen, is located seven kilometres north of Zinjibar, the main
town in Abyan.