Yemen pipeline sabotaged by suspected Qaeda militants
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 02, 2010, 21:51
Aden: Suspected Al-Qaeda militants sabotaged an oil pipeline in the southern Yemen province of Shabwa on Tuesday, a security official said.

"Unknown militants placed a roadside bomb under the pipeline" in the town of Al-Shubaykah east of the provincial capital, Ataq, the security official said, adding that the attack carries the "fingerprints of Al-Qaeda."

South Korea's Yonhap news agency said that state-owned Korea National Oil Corporation, which has had interests in Yemen since 2007, operated the 204 kilometre pipeline.

The attack came just days after intercepted parcel bombs destined for Chicago synagogues were traced to Yemen, the ancestral homeland of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Yemeni affiliate of Bin Laden's network, claimed responsibility for the bomb plot.

Reports of the pipeline attack came hours after Yemeni prosecutors accused radical US-Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi -- who is wanted in the United States for "instigating terrorism" of links to Al-Qaeda and incitement to kill foreigners.

Armed groups have repeatedly attacked Yemen's oil pipelines in the past, some of them members of tribes disgruntled with the authorities in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country.

On September 13, security forces surprised a group of armed men who tried to blow up a gas pipeline supplying Yemen's LNG export terminal in Shabwa province.

The 320-kilometre gas pipeline between Marib in eastern Yemen and Balhaf runs through Shabwa, an Al-Qaeda stronghold.

Yemen, which has 259 billion cubic metres of proven natural gas reserves, began exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Balhaf in November last year.

The plant, in which France's Total is the main shareholder with a 39.6 per cent stake, aims to reach a total production capacity of 6.7 million tonnes of LNG a year.

The multi-billion dollar project is a vital new revenue stream for Yemen, the poorest country in the Arabian Peninsula, with a small oil production which is declining by about five percent each year.

On June 12, armed men blew up an oil pipeline in Marib province and the authorities blamed Al-Qaeda militants -- among them two Saudis.

Earlier, tribal sources had said that tribesmen used a bulldozer to expose the oil pipeline and then blew it up in retaliation for an attack on one of their chiefs accused of harbouring Al-Qaeda operatives.


Sydney: Servants to help in household work, including picking up dinners and cleaning up dog poop, will be given as perks to hardworking employees of Google, the internet search engine giant has said.

The service is provided by TaskRabbit, which gives users access to an online job board where they can get "runners" to do "almost anything" at a price set by them, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

"Recently we piloted a new perk in a few offices, providing access to TaskRabbit, a startup that provides runners to perform tasks for employees," Google was quoted as having said in a statement.

Google, particularly its Silicon Valley headquarters, is in a constant battle with other technology firms to attract the best and brightest engineers. Its long list of employee perks - which includes gym memberships, free meals, insurance and snack and games rooms - is designed partly for this purpose.

Some examples of chores listed on the TaskRabbit website are "assemble robot toy", "help decorate our office for a celebration" and "pick-up dinners from Dream Dinners in San Jose". "Poop patrol for small dogs" is one of the odder jobs listed on it.


First Published: Tuesday, November 02, 2010, 21:51

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