Po­lice ar­rests 10 for Aden bomb­ing that killed cleric

Muscat Daily - - REGION -

Aden, Ye­men - Ye­meni po­lice has ar­rested ten mem­bers of the Is­lamist Al Is­lah party, the group said on Wed­nes­day, fol­low­ing a road­side bomb­ing that killed a cleric with ties to the UAE.

Imam Yassin al Adani, a Ye­meni cleric who serves as spir­i­tual ad­vi­sor to UAE troops al­lied with the gov­ern­ment in Ye­men’s war, was killed when a road­side bomb struck his car near the Zayed Mosque in the south­ern city of Aden on Tues­day, mul­ti­ple se­cu­rity sources told AFP.

The cleric’s 12 year old son was also in­jured in the at­tack, the sources said. The Ye­meni gov­ern­ment has not of­fi­cially named sus­pects be­hind the bomb­ing.

In a state­ment re­ceived by AFP on Wed­nes­day, Al Is­lah said po­lice had ar­rested ten mem­bers of the Sunni Is­lamist move­ment at dawn, in­clud­ing un­der­sec­re­tary gen­eral Mo­hammed Ab­dul­ma­lik and a field com­man­der.

The state­ment made no men­tion of Tues­day’s bomb­ing.

A source in Aden’s po­lice force con­firmed of­fi­cers had raided Al Is­lah’s of­fices in the city, ar­rest­ing ten mem­bers of the move­ment and con­fis­cat­ing ex­plo­sives.

Al Is­lah is a key mem­ber in a south­ern al­liance that also brings to­gether Ye­meni tribes and south­ern sep­a­ratists and has his­tor­i­cally had links to Egypt’s Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, which the UAE black­lists as a ter­ror out­fit.

Ye­men’s com­plex war pits a gov­ern­ment al­liance, backed by Saudi Ara­bia and the UAE, against a rebel camp with ties to Iran. Ex­trem­ist groups, in­clud­ing the Ye­men branch of Al Qaeda, have also flour­ished in the chaos of war, pri­mar­ily in the south­ern gov­er­norates.

For­eign diplo­mats in the Gulf say the UAE’s goals in the Ye­men war in­clude gain­ing con­trol of Arabian Sea ports and driv­ing Al Qaeda in the Arabian Penin­sula (AQAP) out of the south. North­ern Ye­men, un­til 1990 in­de­pen­dent from south Ye­men, is con­trolled by the Shi­ite Huthi rebels.

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