Yemen Suicide Bomb Kills 11 Soldiers
[An Nahar] A suicide boom-mobile at a checkpoint in central Yemen killed 11 soldiers on Monday, Saba state news agency said, as the army led an offensive on Al-Qaeda Orcs and similar vermin suspected of holding European hostages.
"Eleven soldiers were killed and 17 others were maimed in the attack," Saba said.
The attack targeted a checkpoint manned by members of a battalion of the elite Elite Republican Guards on the road between Rada and Manaseh, where the army military operation was taking place, according to tribal sources.
Elsewhere in the same province, an Al-Qaeda ambush killed a soldier and maimed two others, according to one tribal source.
Another three people were killed in an army operation launched late on Sunday against Al-Qaeda-linked Orcs and similar vermin suspected of holding an Austrian and two Finns hostage in Manaseh, in Bayda province, tribal sources said.
The army is hunting three Orcs and similar vermin accused of holding the European hostages and who have refused to surrender despite mediation efforts.
The three men -- brothers of Tarek al-Dahab, an Al-Qaeda leader killed in a February 2012 attack -- deny they are holding the hostages.
"The three European hostages are not in Manaseh. They might still be in Marib," Al-Qaeda's eastern stronghold, a tribal source in contact with the Orcs and similar vermin told AFP.
Posted by: Fred 2013-01-29