A suicide bomber was intercepted by Central Security Forces in the capital, Sana'a, as he was intending to detonate himself during a central security parade that was to be held on July 17, a security officer told Yemen Observer half an hour ago.
The security officer, who spoke under a condition of anonymity, said that security member in the Central Security Forces had an explosive device in his briefcase when he was arrested Monday late afternoon, following a tip-off.
"He [the suicide bomber] had advised one of his comrades not to attend tomorrow's parade inside the Central Security [Forces]," the officer said. The suicide bomber is one of the newly admitted members and his name is Fayez al-Sofi, according to the officer.
The suicide bombing was to take place among dozens of members of the Central Security Forces. The officer, who called an Observer Staff member in a hurry, did not explain who gave the tip-off. The suicide bomber is currently under investigation. He added that the Central Security Forces were searched for more possible bombs but no other bombs were found.
Central Security was infiltrated last March when a suicide bomber detonated himself in a parade in al-Sab'een Square, in the capital, prior to the National Day, killing more than one hundred, and injuring two hundred.
The recent incident came following a wave of al-Qaeda linked attacks, targeting mainly police institutions. Last Wednesday an explosive devise went off as police cadets were leaving the Police Academy in the Sana'a, killing 11 and injuring two dozen.