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Sana’a, Asharq Al-Awsat – Yemeni juridical sources have revealed to Asharq Al-Awsat that five Syrian and eleven Yemeni suspects are set to be tried for carrying out terrorist attacks in a number of governorates in Sana’a, Hadramaut and Aden.

The sources disclosed that the Court of First Instance, specializing in terrorism and state security cases in Yemen, will soon began trying the sixteen individuals who are accused of being affiliated with the al-Qaeda organization and carrying out terrorist operations targeting foreign and local Yemeni interests. Yemen’s Ministry of Defense website said that the accused Syrian suspects entered Yemen some eight years ago with Syrian Travel Documents and passports.

The juridical sources also disclosed that the Prosecution Office is about to complete questioning of the Qaeda elements which began early last week.

The Yemeni authorities blame the accused individuals of masterminding several terrorist acts in a number of governorates including; attacking the 7th July School for Girls located near the US embassy, which led to the deaths of several school girls, and killing two female tourist from Belgium in the Da’wan governorate, Hadhramaut, on 18 January 2006 and also attacking the Central Security Camp in Say’oun on 25 July 2007 with a car bomb, killing both the perpetrator and a security guard and injuring seventeen people.

The defendants are also accused of attacking al-Buraiqa oil refinery in Aden and Sana’a Customs head office on 30 April 2008.

Two of the Tareem cell elements, who were arrested by Yemeni security forces on 11 August 2008, will also be tried. During that operation, the Cell leader Hamza al-Quaiti and four of his companions were killed.