Middle-east Arab News Opinion | Asharq Al-awsat

Security Forces Pursue Terrorists after Aden Suicide Attack | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
Select Page
Media ID: 55357496

People gather at the scene following an attack by a suicide bomber in the port city of Aden, Yemen August 29, 2016. Reuters

Aden-Security forces in Aden carried out on Tuesday evening a series of raids at hideouts of suspected terrorist cells run by security and intelligence officials that are known for their support to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The terrorist operations are targeting the stability and security of Aden. The latest terrorist explosion struck a group of recruits in Aden, killing and injuring 170 people.

Aden intensified security procedures and deployed security forces at the entrance and exit of the temporary base of Yemen’s internationally recognized government, sources told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

They said the coup militias are plotting for terrorist operations in response to the announcement of the governor of Aden, Aidaroos al-Zubaidi,that the city is safe and the legitimate government should return to it.

These strict security procedures and raids came less than 24 hours after the Aden explosion which ISIS claimed responsibility for.

Some analysts say that the presence of ISIS in Yemen is unlikely. These sources informed Asharq Al-Awsat that the last terrorist cell arrested by the security forces had received instructions from parties that support the ousted Yemeni president.

In a related matter, local medical sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that 54 people were dead and 120 were injured in the blast and some of the wounded are in critical condition. Internal and external parties widely denounced the suicide attack.

GCC Secretary General Abdul Latif Al-Zayani described the attack as a terrorist crime that contradicts with all humanitarian values and morals. Zayani guaranteed the GCC countries’ full support to Yemen in the security procedures taken to shore up stability.

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit also denounced the operation and offered condolences to the victims’ families and the Yemeni government and people.