Yemen blames al Qaeda operative for Aden bombing
Yemeni men inspect the scene of a deadly car bombing near Aden, Yemen, on July 24.
July 26th, 2011
09:52 AM ET

Yemen blames al Qaeda operative for Aden bombing

Sanaa, Yemen  - Yemeni officials blamed Sunday's deadly car bombing at an air force base near Aden on a Saudi member of al Qaeda, saying the attacker entered the country in July.

A senior official in the Ministry of Interior said the man was a leading al-Qaeda member hiding in Yemen. The official, who was not authorized to speak to the media, said the attacker was one of "tens" of al Qaeda fighters who entered Yemen through the southern province of Abyan, where an armed Islamist group has been battling government troops in recent weeks.

The official said Saudi Arabia was assisting Yemeni authorities in verifying the man's identity.

Sunday's bombing killed at least six soldiers, a senior security official and witnesses said. The attack took place as government forces were preparing to send reinforcement to Abyan after clashes intensified over the past week, the official said.

Ahmed Massood, head of security in Aden, said the Yemeni government will reveal the results of the investigation to media outlets after medical reports are complete. Massood told CNN that he had no information on whether the suicide bomber in the Aden attack on security forces was a Saudi citizen.

"The government has not officially announced details of the attacker; however, will do so when the investigation is complete," Masood said.

Three eyewitnesses who were near the scene said the attacker's body was completely burned, making it impossible for anyone to identify the man without medical tests.

"Most of the flesh of the attacker was burnt completely and the body was completely black. His facial expressions were all gone," said Mujahed Mohammed, one of the witnesses.

– Journalist Hakim al-Masmari contributed to this report.

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  1. abbottabad

    "Most of the flesh of the attacker was burnt completely and the body was completely black. His facial expressions were all gone," I was wondering if any of the 72 virgins awaiting him will notice this while having sex with him....

    August 15, 2011 at 8:45 am | Reply
  2. Md2lh9c

    Israelis live in peace in Yemen. So unfortunate that the people of Yemen have to be caught in the middle of the Al Qaeda and the Yemeni corrupt government. Majority of the Yemeni people are not educated and are easy prey for anyone wanting to their mad ideology. If they don't fight off the Al Qaeda that are entering through Saudi than all is lost.

    August 5, 2011 at 5:47 am | Reply
  3. dale

    When are these tribal morons, are going to figure out that Al Qaeda and its leaders are trouble magnet.

    August 1, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  4. TowelHeadsAreMorons

    Blow yourselves up please.

    July 26, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  5. Mycology

    wait wait wait, Arabs blaming anyone other than Israel? Not a chance. Article must be a fraud.

    These people are incompetent, and incapable, of anything except blaming all their woes and failures on the Jews.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Reply

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