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25 November 2010

Al-Qaeda suicide bomber kills 23 Shiites in Yemen


I remember how Saudi King Abdullah told Obama that a “solution to the Palestinian issue would be ‘the magic key’ to resolving all other conflicts in the region”. Yeah, those damn Jews…

SANAA (AFP) – A suicide car bomber killed 23 Shiites at a religious procession in Yemen on Wednesday, an attack a tribal chief charged was a bid by Al-Qaeda to fan sectarian tensions in the already restive country.

Tribal leaders said the dead were all supporters or fighters of a Zaidi Shiite rebel group that has been observing an uneasy truce with the government since February.

The bomber struck in Al-Jawf province, a rebel stronghold in the far north, as the faithful were preparing to mark Al-Ghadeer. This is the day on which Shiites commemorate the anointment of Ali, one of the key figures of their faith, as successor to the Prophet Mohammed.

“It was a suicide bombing and it was the work of Al-Qaeda,” the tribal chief said.

“The suicide bomber driving a four-wheel drive vehicle blew himself up alongside the procession. Among the dead was provincial tribal chief Hussein bin Ahmed bin Hadhban and his son.”


Crossposted at Eye On The World.

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