Terrorism in Yemen

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In the War on Terrorism in Yemen, the US government describes Yemen as "an important partner in the global war on terrorism".[1]


Attacks against civilian targets

On December 30, 2002, a suspected Islamic fundamentalist killed three US workers and wounded one in a hospital in Jibla, using a semi-automatic rifle. The suspect was arrested and identified as Abid Abdulrazzaq Al-Kamil.[2]

Jews in Yemen reportedly fled their homes due to threats from Muslim extremists. A notable incident was the murder of Moshe Ya'ish al-Nahari of Raydah in December 2008.

Al Qaeda members sent letters to 45 Jews living in al-Salem, near Sanaa, on January 19, 2007, accusing them of involvement in an "international Zionist conspiracy". The letters said that if the Jews did not abandon their homes in ten days, they would be abducted and murdered and their homes would be looted. The Jewish community sent a complaint to President Abdullah Salah and are temporarily staying in a hotel near Sanaa. The Yemeni government has promised that their homes will be protected and they may return to them.[3]

On September 17, 2008, Al Qaeda militants attacked the U.S. Embassy in San‘a’. 19 people were killed, including: six militants, six policemen and seven civilians. One American was among those killed.

Attacks on tourists

On July 2, 2007, a suicide bomber killed eight Spanish tourists and their two Yemeni drivers in Ma'rib.

On January 18, 2008, Al Qaeda militants opened fire on a convoy of tourists in Hadhramaut killing two Belgian tourists and two Yemenis, the tourists' driver and their guide.

Attacks targeted South Korean tourists in March 2009. Four Korean tourists alongside their local Yemeni guide were killed. Two attackers also died.

2010 cargo plane bomb plot

On October 29, 2010, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said the device in a package sent from Yemen and found on a US-bound cargo plane was designed to go off on the aircraft. But Cameron said investigators could not yet be certain about when the device, intercepted at East Midlands Airport, was supposed to explode. A second device containing explosives was found on a cargo plane in Dubai. The US suspected al-Qaeda involvement.

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