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Yemeni Al Qaeda Vid of Two Suicide Bombers who Targeted South Koreans

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, SK, TI: External — by Jane Novak at 10:02 am on Monday, July 6, 2009

They used a booby trapped picture frame and cassette player according to the vid.

According to al Shayea, they were not trained in Somalia- they send fighters to Somalia and Afghanistan and Iraq, but Hamas rejected Yemeni volunteers who came to Gaza.

Yemen: Al-Qaeda reveals new information on attacks against Koreans from the Yemen Post

The recent suicide attacks against South Koreans tourists in Yemen, four of whom were reported killed last March, have been detailed by al-Qaeda in a new video statement released on June 27 entitled “I Have Won I Swear to Kaaba’s God.”

The videotape was released through the jihadi media outlet Al-Malahim (, June 28), reporting that the two separate attacks against South Korean official investigators and tourists in March were premeditated. An al-Qaeda’s approach which some analysts say it seems destined to damage the government’s reputation. (Read on …)

AQAP Covers for Subverted Yemeni Security

Filed under: 9 hostages, Al-Qaeda, SK, Security Forces, TI: Internal — by Jane Novak at 11:35 pm on Thursday, July 2, 2009

AQAP are insisting robustly that they knew the route of the Korean investigators though intensive surveillance. Discounting of course the logical and widespread assumption that the terrorists were tipped off, ie- elements in the Yemeni security knew in advance of the plot and provided the route of the motorcade. t gets flakier- the youth wandered around Sana’a for months looking to hook up with Wahishi.

Also the other thing to note, tangentially, is the journalist Abdel-Elah Haidar noted in the article as one who interviewed Wahishi previously is now insisting that AQAP would not have carried out the kidnapping of the medical workers in Sa’ada because it is against their principles. (Killing women like the Belgiams tourists in Hadramout is apparently less of an offense than kidnapping them.) I dont think Haidar would be taking such a strong position in his analysis (which was published in News Yemen) without there being something behind it, one way or another. From Al Masdar:

Al Qaeda announces military intelligence security information on the preparation of new processes and the implementation of Hadramout and Sana’a
المصدر أون لاين – محمد العزكي Source Online – Mohammed Aezzki

كشف تنظيم القاعدة عن معلومات أمنية عسكرية جديدة حول منفذي العمليتين الانتحاريتين في حضرموت وصنعاء ضد السياح والمحققين الأمنيين الكوريين في مارس الماضي، مستهدفا سمعة الأجهزة الأمنية اليمنية وإفشال الحكومة اقتصاديا. Detection al-Qaeda military security of the information on the perpetrators of a new double suicide bombing in Hadramout and Sana’a against the security of tourists and Korean investigators last March, the reputation of the security target and the failure of the Yemeni government economically. (Read on …)

IED Targets South Korean Pipeline in Shabwa, Yemen

Filed under: Oil, SK, attacks — by Jane Novak at 8:21 pm on Thursday, July 2, 2009

The South Koreans are looking to sell, if I recall correctly.


SANAA, Yeman (AFP)–Unknown attackers blew up an oil pipeline in southeast Yemen operated by a South Korean firm, causing a leak, police and industry officials said Thursday.

The attack took place Wednesday night in a region of Shabwa province that produces 10,000 barrels of oil a day.

Local police chief Saïd Saleh al-Souleimany told reporters that the assailants planted an explosive device under the pipeline and detonated it from a distance.

Technicians were sent to repair the damage, which he described as not serious, after the unclaimed attack.

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