Written By: Shuaib M. al-Mosawa
Article Date: Dec 20, 2010 - 4:00:22 PM
A group of al-Qaeda militants attacked a security checkpoint in the capital city of Abyan province on Friday, killing one soldier and injuring several others.
The soldiers were at the security checkpoint of Ba Shaharah, a few miles from Abyan capital, Zinjubar, when a group of al-Qaeda militants in the early morning fired at them using machine guns and rocket propelled grenades. According to a security source, the militants also destroyed two military vihicles
General Director of Abyan Security, Abdurazaq al-Marwani, said he was not authorized to speak to the press when asked whether security forces had arrested the suspected al-Qaeda militants.
The same security source said that the al-Qaeda militants who were riding on motorcycles and buses escaped unhurt following their attack.
Qasim M. Hadi, Head of Zinjubar Local Council, said the Lack of vigilance and security coordination were to blamed. “I have not been informed by the security leadership so far. What I know about the attack is from locals,” Hadi said. According to Hadi’s account that was based on local information, al-Qaeda militants killed three soldiers and injured 6 others in addition to destroying two armored military vehicles.
Hadi said that members of the Zinjubar local council are ignored by the province leadership and that they do not contact them “at all”.
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