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Article Date: September 22, 2008
Following the recent Al-Qaeda attack on the U.S. Embassy, Yemeni officials vowed to hunt down Al-Qaeda cells in the country and bring them before justice.
This pledge was made by several Yemeni high ranking officials including President Saleh who stressed that these attacks undermine the country's stability, security, economy and development.
Demanding the release of Al-Qaeda's militants held by Yemeni authorities, the organization of Islamic Jihad declared the responsibility for the US embassy attack that killed 17 people, including soldiers and normal citizens. The six attackers were also killed in the attack.
In its statement, Islamic Jihad, allegedly part of Al-Qaeda Organization in Yemen, called for the shutting the U.S. and British Embassies in Yemen and pledged to launch more attacks against foreign interest, foreigners and Yemeni high-ranking officials.
Islamic Jihad spokesman in Yemen Abu Al-Ghaith Al-Yemani demanded Yemeni authorities to release Al-Jihad followers. He demanded U.S. and British diplomats to leave the country immediately. He also threatened to launch an attack on the Saudi Embassy.
Meanwhile, the British Embassy announced last Friday shutting its doors before visa seekers until further notice, demanding those reserved for appointments to work for rearranging their appointments when it reopens.
In related news, the Saudi Al-Riyadh newspaper revealed that Yemeni security forces seized last Wednesday a vehicle loaded with weapons near the Saudi Embassy.
Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Al-Qirbi announced that Yemen will continue its war against terrorism and stressed that it will not bend before the Al-Qaeda threats and conditions, hinting that security and armed forces will not hesitate to attack terrorism wherever it exists.
For his part, Deputy Prime Minister for Defense and Interior Affairs Rashad Al-Alimi noted Al-Qaeda attack on the US Embassy was made in retaliation of the constant and painful blows security and armed forces have directed towards Al-Qaeda.
He called on the international community to provide more support to Yemen in its war on terror, which seems to have exhausted the country, particularly when Al-Qaeda made it difficult for authorities to know where and when the attacks will take place.
Yemen has tightened security measures around the foreign interests, embassies and international organizations in the capital after Al-Qaeda attacked the American Embassy and threatened to wage similar attacks on others.Over the last few years, Al-Qaeda directed its attacks on the oil facilities and foreigners. Though it has its operations on oil facilities were not successful, Al-Qaeda directed powerful blows to the country's economy and hard currency sources obtained from tourism.