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Yemen group says Qaeda-linked and vows more attacks
September 18, 2008 / 3:28 PM / 9 years ago

Yemen group says Qaeda-linked and vows more attacks

SANAA (Reuters) - A group calling itself Islamic Jihad in Yemen said on Thursday it belonged to al Qaeda and vowed more attacks after twin suicide car bombings at the U.S. embassy, according to a statement.

<p>A Yemeni soldier stands next to two burnt cars outside the U.S. embassy in Sanaa September 18, 2008. Yemeni authorities have arrested 30 people suspected of belonging to al Qaeda following an attack on the heavily fortified U.S. embassy in Sanaa, a security source said on Thursday. Two suicide car bombs set off a series of explosions outside the embassy compound on Wednesday, killing 16 people including six attackers. The dead were all Yemeni apart from an Indian woman who was walking past when the attack happened. REUTERS/ Stringer</p>

“We in the Islamic Jihad in Yemen, belonging to the al Qaeda organisation, repeat our demand to (Yemeni President) Ali Abdullah Saleh to quickly free our brothers within 48 hours,” said the statement, signed by the group’s leader Abu al-Ghaith al-Yamani.

The group threatened to “attack Western interests and the British and Saudi embassies ... and assassinate high state officials”, said the statement obtained by Reuters. It also demanded the closure of the U.S. and British embassies.

The authenticity of the statement could not be verified by Reuters.

On Wednesday, Islamic Jihad in Yemen said it was behind the attack on the U.S. embassy which killed 17 people at the building’s gates, and threatened attacks in other parts of the Gulf Arab region.

Reporting by Mohamed Sudam; writing by Firouz Sedarat

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