Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Again attacks on offices of security services in South Yemen
Unknown gunmen assaulted two south Yemen security offices on Wednesday in coordinated attacks, setting off fighting in which at least three people were killed, police said. Witnesses and security sources said attackers on motorcycles roared into the police headquarters and the office of an intelligence agency handling political security in the town of Zinjibar. They opened fire as officers gathered in ranks for the morning roll call."A large number of gunmen attacked the political security and the General Security (police) offices at the beginning of the workday. Security guards fired on them, and there are dead and wounded on the scene," a police source said. "It is believed that the attackers were members of al Qaeda," he added.
Witnesses reached in Zinjibar told Reuters they saw five people believed dead on the street. They added that after the attack and subsequent clashes, the gunmen sped away on their motorcycles.
A doctor at a hospital in the Abyan province where the wounded were taken confirmed three deaths and said at least nine others were wounded, most of them security agents. A security source said the dead included an attacker and two security men.
On 2 July gunmen on motorcyles killed a senior officer of the security services. He was the second killed in less than a month. Eleven people were killed on 19 June during an attack at the headquarters of the security services in the southern capital Aden.