Sanaa: A top Yemeni security official says authorities have uncovered at least 13 al Qaeda plots targeting foreign diplomats, embassies and senior military and government officials in the capital of Sanaa and other cities.
The official says authorities were tipped off by captured al Qaeda members. He says they gave information about sleeper cells plotting a string of assassinations, bombings and abductions of foreign diplomats in the capital, as well as cities in troubled southern Yemen.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity today because he was not authorized to brief reporters.
Al Qaeda is trying to hit back after a two-month Yemeni military offensive drove the militants out of several main strongholds in the south. Al Qaeda took advantage of internal turmoil and a security vacuum to capture parts of southern Yemen.