“Those who stand against al-Qaeda will be killed.” This was the message that Sheikh Majid al-Thahab received upon the killing of his son by al-Qaeda.
A powerful explosion rocked the residence of al-Thahab in the Yemeni capital Sana’a Saturday morning killing his 12-year-old son.
According to al-Thahab, his son was given a wrapped package by the suspect while playing outside his home and was told that it was a gift for his father. The son entered the house and upon opening the package it exploded and killed him at the spot.
Al-Thahab said that his residence was already witnessing tight security after al-Qaeda militants threatened to retaliate for his firm stance against them.
Majid al-Thahab fought al-Qaeda months back in southeastern Yemen and played a major role in forcing the militant group to retreat from areas it controlled in the southeastern province of al-Baitha. Al-Qaeda overtook the city of Radaa and clashes resulted in the death of more than 38.
“Al-Qaeda is behind the attack and the killing of my son. This is a terror group that has no mercy and is heartless,” said Sheikh al-Thahab.
“We have handed over the evidence we have to the Yemeni government and will await the government stance,” said al-Thahab.
Al-Thahab called on the Yemeni government to stand up to its duties and serve justice.
Al-Thahab, is the tribal leader of Gaifa clan in the province of al-Baitha. The clan is one of the most powerful in Yemen.
The attack is the latest from al-Qaeda and a warning sign that the capital Sana’a will be a prime target to the attacks.
Two weeks ago, nine military students were killed in an attack at the Military Academy in the heart of Sana'a.