Written By: Shuaib M. al-Mosawa
Article Date: Jul 12, 2012 - 1:55:11 AM
The Minister of Interior sacked the head of the Investigation Department in the Capital Sana’a due to failure of Wednesday investigation into the suicide bombing that targeted dozens of police academy cadets.
Minister of Interior sacked Director of Sana'a investigation department for failure to identify Wednesday's suicide bomber
A police officer in Interior Minister told Yemen Observer that the decision came as Sana’a General Security director, Brigadier General Rizg al-Jawfi, failed to investigate the suicide bomb attack. “The results into the suicide bomb investigation was inaccurate,” said the police officer who requested to remain anonymous for he is not authorized to speak to the media.
The officer cited “carelessness” as another reason to sack al-Jawfi.
The Minister of Interior, General Abdulqadir Qahtan downplayed in statement to the state-media TV channel late on Wednesday that preliminary investigation’s results that claimed to have identified the suicide bomber. “The accused man, identified as the suicide bomber, is still questionable… [inaudible] but he was an ordinary man giving a ride to some of the cadets…,” Qahtan said through a telephone conversation.
The Defense Ministry website had reported a statement by the Supreme Security Committee as stating that the suicide bomber was Muhammed al-Arri. The statement said that al-Arri was still alive after he detonated himself but that he later died, in reference to the man that appeared in videos posted local media with his left arm and leg amputated.
The officer said that Abyan Security Director, Ahmed Ali Masood al-Waleedi, was considered as an option to replace al-Jawfi and that the decision “is soon to be announced”.
The officer said that one suspect was arrested as he was riding a motorcycle with a spy camera glasses, shooting the incident. He added that suspect was taken to the National Security Bearue, Yemen’s main intelligence agency, which is investigating the attack now.
A suicide bombing targeted a group of cadets on Wednesday afternoon as they were leaving the southern gate of the Police Academy. The officer put the latest death toll at 11 killed and 28 injured.
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