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A car drives past a giant poster of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the south-central Yemeni city of Taiz. (R)

A car drives past a giant poster of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the south-central Yemeni city of Taiz. (R)

SANAA (AFP) – Members of a Yemeni tribe attacked an oil pipeline with rocket-propelled grenades to avenge the death of a provincial official killed by mistake in an anti-Qaeda raid, a tribal source said Tuesday.

Members of the Al-Shabwan tribe attacked the pipeline passing over their land in Marib province, east of the capital Sanaa, “to avenge the death of the secretary general of Marib provincial council, Jaber Ali al-Shabwani,” the source told AFP.

The 450-kilometre (280-mile) pipeline connects the Safer oil field in Marib with the port of Al-Salif on the Red Sea.

Shabwani and four of his bodyguards were killed in the Yemeni air strike which targeted a wanted Al-Qaeda suspect on Monday night, a security source told AFP.

The suspect, named as Mohammed Said bin Jardan, was wounded but was able to escape, the source said.

According to a local official, Shabwani had been negotiating for the past week for bin Jardan’s surrender and had gone to the farm which was hit in the air strike for talks.

Yemen is the ancestral homeland of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and has been the scene of several attacks claimed by the group on foreign missions, tourist sites and oil installations.

Marib is one of Al-Qaeda’s Yemeni strongholds.

The group has suffered setbacks amid US pressure on Sanaa to crack down but its presence threatens to turn Yemen into a base for training and plotting attacks, a top US counter-terrorism official said in September.

An armed member of the separatist Southern Movement stands at a checkpoint they set up on a road in the southern Yemeni province of Lahj. (R)

An armed member of the separatist Southern Movement stands at a checkpoint they set up on a road in the southern Yemeni province of Lahj. (R)

A file picture shows an armed member of the Yemeni anti-terror unit stands next to relatives of suspected Al-Qaeda members outside a court in Sanaa.(AFP)

A file picture shows an armed member of the Yemeni anti-terror unit stands next to relatives of suspected Al-Qaeda members outside a court in Sanaa.(AFP)

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