Written By: Nasser Arrabyee
Article Date: Aug 16, 2010 - 10:17:54 PM
A total of 10 Yemeni men were arrested in Lahj province south of Yemen for suspicion of assassinating an intelligence officer , the Ministry of Defense said on Sunday.
The authorities are investigating the men aged between 19-40, said the Ministry in a statement published on its website.
The colonel Ali Abdul Kareem Fadhal Al Ban, the director of intelligence in the district of Tuban in Lahaj province was killed on Friday in an ambush by gunmen after walking out of his house in the village of Al Hamra, about 10 km south of Al Huta, the capital of Lahj province.
Al Ban, 40 , who was also in charge of investigating Al Qaeda suspects and separatists, survived two assassination attempts earlier in the year.
The government accused separatists of assassinating colonel Al Ban.
Another security official was assassinated last Friday in Al Mahfad area in Abyan province.
Security officer, Sultan Abdul Kareem Al Sharabi, chief of the information department at the security office of Al Mahfad was killed by three gunmen. Local authority have opened an investigation to uncover who was behind the assassination, said the Ministry of Interior on Sunday.
Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks in the past on security forces in Abyan and Shabwah provinces.
On Saturday, the government said a leading Al Qaeda member surrendered himself in Al Jawf province.
The leader of Al Qaeda in Al Jawf province, Juma’an Safyan, surrendered himself to the security authorities, the state-run news agency Saba quoted an unidentified security official as saying.
The surrender came two days after the government distributed pictures and information of the country’s most wanted 8 Al Qaeda members to all security check points.
On July 6th, 2010, the leading member of Al Qaeda in Mareb province Hamza Ali Saleh Al Dhayani surrendered himself to security authorities in Mareb province
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