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Article Date: January 21, 2009
raided on Monday a suspected al-Qaeda network in Sana’a killing two of
the four-member terrorist group.
One of the members was arrested; however the fourth escaped unharmed.
The cell members fought security forces as their hideout was raided in a well-coordinated military operation.
Initial investigations with the arrested, Abdul Rahman al-Ghurabi, have revealed important information about the terrorist ring.
Abdul Rahman Muhammad al-Ghurabi, a Yemeni citizen born in Saudi Arabia, told investigators that one of the two members who were killed in the raid was a Saudi national wanted by Yemeni authorities in connection with the last year’s attack on the US embassy in Sana’a.
Salim Muhammad al-Nahdi is believed to be one of those who carried out an attempt attack on the US embassy in Sana’a last year when a missile missed the embassy to hit a nearby female school killing and injuring a number of the students.
At the raided hideout, security forces fond explosive belts, hand grenades and motorcycle for the cell members.
A hunt for the fourth member has been launched.
The US embassy was attacked twice last year but the September attack was the deadliest as 19 people were killed including 12 Yemeni soldiers of the heavily fortified compound guards, six attackers and a US citizen.After the attack, Yemeni security forces conducted many round-ups dismantling several al-Qaeda networks in the country.