Written By: Nasser Arrabyee
Article Date: Aug 2, 2012 - 6:27:46 PM
After his 14-year old son was killed by a parcel bomb, he received immediately a call saying “We will kill anyone who would stand against al-Qaeda.”
That was the tribal sheikh of Kaifah of Rada’a, al-Baidha province, Majid al-Dhahab, who survived an assassination attempt on Saturday 28 July, 2012.
Two armed men came to the street where he is located in Aser area, west of the capital Sana’a, where they found his son Ali playing with his friends, said local sources. The two men, believed to be affiliated with al-Qaeda operatives, handed Ali a wrapped parcel and told him it was a gift for his father from someone.
A bomb was inside the parcel. Ali took it and entered his house to hand it to his father, but he did not find his father. Ali opened the parcel and it exploded killing him immediately.
“Al-Qaeda killed my son, al-Qaeda killed my son,” Sheikh Majed said immediately after he heard the news of his son death.
Shriek Majed is a cousin of Tarek al-Dhahab, al-Qaeda leader in Rada’a who was killed in February this year in clashes with tribal leaders who refuse al-Qaeda and its ideology. Sheikh Majed al-Dhahab was one of prominent tribal leaders who led a campaign against al-Qaeda last February and forced them to get out from Rada’a.
Sheikh Hazem al-Dhahab, brother of Tarek, was also killed in the clashes after he killed his terrorist brother Tarek.
About 40 people were killed in the clashes including six brothers and nephews from Tarek al-Dhahab’s family in February.
It’s worth mentioning that Sheikh Majed al-Dhahab assassination attempt came days after a cell of five members of al-Qaeda was arrested in Sana’a.
Sheikh al-Dhahab said that he had to tighten his security measures for his residence after he had received recent threats from al-Qaeda in retaliation for his strict positions against them.
He also appealed to the Yemeni government to quickly do their role and serve the justice. Sheikh al-Thahab has been involved in the war on al-Qaeda in the prior months southeastern Yemen.
He also played a prominent role in forcing al-Qaeda for retreat from areas that were controlled in the province of al-Baidha, where al-Qaeda could extend its control of Rada’a city.
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