Yemen makes mass arrests following US embassy attack
Source: BI-ME and agencies , Author: BI-ME staff
Posted: Thu September 18, 2008 12:00 am

YEMEN. Yemeni authorities have arrested 19 people suspected of being connected to Al Qaeda and having links to Wednesday's attack on the heavily fortified US Embassy in Sanaa, Al-Arabiya television said on Thursday.

Two suicide car bombs set off a series of explosions outside the US Embassy in Yemen, killing 16 people including six attackers. No US citizens were hurt.

The US State Department said the bombings bore "all the hallmarks" of an Al Qaeda attack but the United States had not yet concluded who was to blame.

A group calling itself Islamic Jihad in Yemen, which is unrelated to the Palestinian group with a similar name, claimed responsibility and threatened attacks on other embassies including those of Britain, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

It threatened to launch a series of attacks unless Yemen freed several jailed members.

"We will carry out the rest of the series of attacks on the other embassies that were declared previously, until our demands are met by the Yemeni government," the group said in a statement on Wednesday.




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