Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

A landslide victory for the 'invisible candidate' in Algeria's Presidential polls

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 18 April 2014

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 18 April 2014 (part 2)

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Presidential adviser resigns over "shoe-shine scandal"

Read more

#THE 51%

Breaking stereotypes

Read more

#TECH 24

Galaxy S5 v. HTC One (M8): Which is the right one for you?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

New PM Manuel Valls outlines priorities

Read more

FASHION

Jean-Marc Loubier, bags and shoes.

Read more

ENCORE!

Hip-hop musician Beat Assailant on mixing the sounds of the city

Read more

  • LIVE: French journalists arrive home after Syria ordeal

    Read more

  • French journalist tells of release from captivity in Syria

    Read more

  • Divers begin pulling bodies from sunken South Korean ferry

    Read more

  • Scores killed in South Sudan cattle raid

    Read more

  • PSG clinch fourth League Cup title after beating Lyon

    Read more

  • Le Pen’s National Front fail to woo Britain’s Eurosceptics

    Read more

  • In pictures: French kite festival takes flight

    Read more

  • VIDEO: Anti-Semitic leaflets in Eastern Ukraine condemned

    Read more

  • In pictures: Good Friday celebrated across the globe

    Read more

  • Bouteflika, the ghost president

    Read more

  • Does Valls’ upcoming Vatican trip violate French secularism?

    Read more

  • Ukraine separatists say ‘not bound’ by Geneva deal

    Read more

  • Abel Ferrara’s hotly awaited DSK film to premiere on web

    Read more

  • Obama signs bill to block controversial Iran diplomat from UN post

    Read more

  • Ukraine: ‘One bloody incident could scupper Geneva deal’

    Read more

  • Astronomers discover Earth-like planet that could support life

    Read more

  • Indian election: Votes for sale

    Read more

  • World honours Garcia Marquez’s magical literary legacy

    Read more

  • In pictures: Iranian woman pardons son’s killer at the gallows

    Read more

  • Algeria's ailing Bouteflika clinches fourth term amid fraud claims

    Read more

  • Top Hollande adviser resigns over conflict of interest accusation

    Read more

  • West African Ebola outbreak caused by new strain of virus

    Read more

Middle east

Yemen vows 'war on terror' as al-Qaeda claims blast

©

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-05-21

Yemen's president Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi vowed Monday to press on with the "war on terror" after at least 96 people were killed in an attack in the middle of an army battalion in Sanaa, for which al-Qaeda claimed credit.

AFP - Yemen's president vowed Monday to press on with his government's "war on terror" regardless of the sacrifices, as Al-Qaeda claimed it was responsible for a suicide bombing that killed 96 troops.

"The war on terror will continue until it is completely destroyed regardless of the sacrifices," Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi said in a statement carried by state news agency Saba.

His remarks came hours after a Yemeni soldier detonated explosives under his uniform in the middle of an army battalion in the capital Sanaa, killing 96 troops and wounding around 300.

The Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the attack which it said targetted "the defence minister and other leaders of the US war on our people in Abyan" province in the south.

"Even if the defence minister (Mohammed Nasser Ahmed) and his aides escaped this operation, we will not tire... we are in a war to defend our blood which is violated in Abyan, and war only breeds war," it said in a statement posted on jihadist Internet forums.

Yemen's army launched an offensive on May 12 to retake Al-Qaeda towns and cities held by extremists across Abyan. According to an AFP tally, 158 Al-Qaeda fighters have been killed in the battles.

Western diplomats in Sanaa say that US experts have been advising the Yemeni army in combat.

"We remind the collaborators leading the army and security forces in Yemen that the US war in Abyan in which American and Saudi planes kill our women and children will not take place while you are safe in Sanaa. We will take out revenge," AQAP said.

"The flames of war will reach you wherever you are and what happened (Monday) is only the beginning of the road in jihad," it added.

The extremists had taken advantage of a weakening central government in Sanaa following a year-long uprising that brought Hadi to power.

Hadi offered his condolences to the families of troops killed in the blast and the fighting in Abyan as well as to those of local militiamen fighting alongside the army in the south.

He also called for national dialogue in the country, which he must lead during his two-year interim rule, based on the Gulf-brokered plan by which he took power from former strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh.

 

Date created : 2012-05-21

  • Yemen

    French Red Cross worker kidnapped in Yemen

    Read more

  • YEMEN

    Gunmen kidnap Saudi diplomat in Yemen

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)