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Yemeni defense minister survives apparent assassination attempt

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posted on Sep, 11 2012 @ 06:48 AM
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Yemeni defense minister survives apparent assassination attempt


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(CNN) -- Yemen's defense minister survived an apparent assassination attempt Tuesday when a car bomb exploded near a building he was leaving, the state-run Saba news agency said.
Eight of the minister's guards were killed when the bomb exploded in the center of Yemen's capital, Sanaa, state TV reported.
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posted on Sep, 11 2012 @ 06:48 AM
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The blast happened outside the prime minister's office as Defense Minister Maj. Gen. Mohammed Nasser Ahmed was leaving, authorities said.

The bombing comes one day after Yemeni forces said they killed Said al-Shihri, second in command of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

If DNA testing confirms his death, it "would be a deeply significant blow against AQAP," CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.
White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan in April described AQAP as "very, very dangerous" and "the most active operational franchise" of al Qaeda.


Apparently this branch of the AQ is related to the underwear bomber incident a couple of years ago.

I wonder if this was really related to the killing of an AQ member, or if there is more to it.

Yemen is one of those territories that seems to have a very interesting geographic position in the Middle East.

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