NINE CELLS CAPTURED, PLANNED ATTACKS FOILED (Yemen Times)
Date : 2012-07-05 01:42:42
SANA’A, July 4 – The General Administration for Combating Terrorism has captured nine extremist cells. One of the cells is accused of executing the May 21 Al-Sabeenbombing. Another cell was planning an attack targeting military, political and diplomatic figures as well as foreigners. The same cell also planned to storm Yemeni and foreign infrastructures in Sana'a, Al-Mukalla and Aden, according to the Defense Ministry-run 26 September news website.
The ministry reported that, of the combined cell members, nine are not Yemeni. Four are Egyptian, two are Jordanian, one is Somali and two are from Dagestan and Tunisia.
The ministry published the names of the cell members along with their roles within their organizations.
On Monday, Yemen's channel TV broadcast video footage of the Sabeen Suicide bomber, Haitham Mufrih. The video showed Mufrih preparing prior the bombing, and it broadcast the captured cell members. One was a soldier from the Central Security Forces whose role was to pave the way for Mufrih to infiltrate Al-Sabeen Square.
Some cell members, including Sameer Al-Sahib and Yahiya Sanhoob, had laptops, hand weapons and a number of wills, including Mufrih’s, on their person when arrested Cell in Taiz accused of murdering of an American teacher
Arif Abdu Hassen Abdullah Barook leads the cell captured in Taiz.This cell participated in the assassination of a political security officer and an American teacher, Joel Shurn. Cell members are as follows:
Abyan cell members fought for Al-Qaeda in Abyan
Security forces also captured a cell spearheaded by Mohammed Ayid Al-Harazi that planned to target political, security and western diplomatic figures. They took part in fighting for Al-Qaeda in Abyan.Members are:
Abyan cell accused of recruiting new militants
The third cell accused of attracting and recruiting members is also believed to have a part in siding with Al-Qaeda in Abyan. Hisham Ali Ahmed Al-Ba’adani leads this cell. The members are as follows:
Cell accused of assassination plan for political figures
Another cell, led by Zyad Abdulhameed Al-Shareia, planned to target political, security and western diplomatic figures. The cell includes the following:
A cell of foreigners
Also captured was a cell whose members are from Arab and non-Arab backgrounds. This cell is affiliated with Al-Qaeda and fought against the Abyangovernment.
The members of this terrorist cell are follows:
Cell accused of targeting military figures
A cell accused of targeting military figures was captured while planning to launch operations against military and security leaders besides the foreign businesses. This cell also participated in fighting for Al-Qaeda in Abyan. The cell compromises of the following members:
Cell accused of recruiting militants
Security forces captured a cell accused of recruiting and transferring militants to Abyan to support Al-Qaeda. It contains the following names:
Cell accused of fighting for Al-Qaeda in Abyan
This terrorist cell fought for Al-Qaeda in Abyan, led by Nashwan Qaed Mohammed. It includes the following members:
Following the government announcement of the captures, Political Security Organization Colonel Mohammed Yahiya Al-Qudaimi was assassinated in anbombing near his home that targeted his vehicle.
Nabeel Al-Sharjabi, political science professor at Sana’a University, said traces of Al-Qaeda influence in Al-Qudaimi’s assassination are clear.
Al- Sharjabi said that currently, Al-Qaeda attempts to eliminate leading military figures who contribute to defeating it, especially following attacks by Yemeni government forces.
On Monday, the National Security head, Ali Al-Anisi, and the Political Security head, Ghalib Al-Qamish, presented a report to President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi revealing that the capture of these cells helped foil several planned attacks in Sana’a, Aden and Al-Mkala.
Al-Sharjabi said the video footage indicates the intervention of montage. This raises many possibilities. The aim was the omission of some information so that the public don’t know about it, according to Al-Shajabi.
Al-Sharjabi said recent fighting between the Yemeni army and Al-Qaeda led to the disintegration of the captured cells. Yemen Times