Yemen tribesmen `agree to stop harbouring Qaeda suspects`

Tribesmen in Yemen`s east have agreed to cease harbouring al-Qaeda suspects and to stop carrying out acts of violence.

Updated: Jun 13, 2010, 19:34 PM IST

Sanaa: Tribesmen in Yemen`s east have
agreed to cease harbouring al-Qaeda suspects and to stop
carrying out acts of violence, a tribal source and the
government said today.

The agreement came at a meeting Saturday between
leaders of the Abida tribe and Yemen`s Interior Minister,
Major General Mutahar Rashad al-Masri, hours after an attack
on an oil pipeline in Marib province where the tribe is based.

The tribal leaders pledged during the meeting to "stop
harbouring people wanted by security forces or who are accused
of belonging to al-Qaeda," a tribal source said.

"The agreement also allows technical teams to begin
repairing the pipeline, and stipulates that armed tribesmen
remove checkpoints blocking the road between Marib and Sanaa
to official vehicles and tankers," the source said.

Meanwhile, state media quoted Masri as saying
"leaders of the Abida and al-Ashraf (tribes) expressed their
willingness to aid the state in pursuing wanted elements, and
in condemning acts of sabotage committed by outlaw
elements against public interests."

Tribal sources said on Saturday that tribesman used
a bulldozer to expose the pipeline, then blew it up, in
response to a Yemeni army raid on the home of a tribal chief
accused of sheltering Al-Qaeda members.

On June 5, a Yemeni army colonel and two soldiers
were killed in an attack on a convoy en route to Safar oil
field, in an attack attributed to al-Qaeda.

PTI