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Yemen says al-Qaida land mines killed 73 this week

Associated Press  June 26, 2012

Landmines planted by al-Qaida militants before they fled key southern Yemen strongholds have killed 73 civilians over the past week, Yemeni officials said Tuesday.

Engineering teams have removed some 3,000 land mines around Zinjibar and Jaar, according to the governor’s office in Abyan province.

Government troops captured both towns in a two-month offensive to uproot al-Qaida fighters from large swaths of land they captured during last year’s political turmoil. Mines left behind killed 73 residents, the officials said.

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June 26, 2012 Posted by | Landmines, Yemen | , , , | 1 Comment

Al Qaeda attack on US convoy in Yemen hit civilian contractors, US officials say

AFP at New York Post  May 21, 2012

HUDAIDA, Yemen — Al Qaeda militants claimed Monday that they attacked a convoy carrying four US military advisers in Yemen, but American officials said the targets were civilian contractors.

The terror group said in a statement that jihadists opened fire Sunday on two cars carrying four American military advisers who were in Hudaida on a training mission with the Yemeni Coast Guard.

The militants “opened fire on them as they left their hotel on their way to work,” the group said, adding that the attackers were able to flee despite efforts by Yemeni security forces to cordon off the city

But US officials said the four were not Department of Defense personnel and were civilian contractors training Yemen’s coast guard.

A local security official confirmed the attack took place. One of the contractors was slightly injured.

An email from the US embassy in Sanaa said,”Reports of US military trainers in Hudaida are false.”

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May 21, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Yemen | , , , , | Leave a comment

Yemeni Accused of Killing French Contractor at OMV Offices Goes on Trial

Yemeni Accused of Killing French Contractor at OMV Offices Goes on Trial

Bloomberg

A Yemeni teenager went on trial for killing a French contractor at the local office of Austria’s OMV AG, and denied charges he carried out the assault following the directives of a militant cleric.

Yemen’s state security court today said Hisham Mohammed Asem, 19, a security guard at OMV, had e-mail correspondence with Anwar al-Awlaki, a Yemeni-American cleric who supports violence against U.S. targets.

The contractor killed last month worked for Spie Batignolles SA, a French construction company, according to the French foreign ministry. Another British contractor was injured in the attack.

Yemen put al-Awlaki on trial in absentia today on charges of incitement to murder foreigners, citing the OMV attack. Al- Awlaki is believed by the U.S. to have links with al-Qaeda militants including three of the people who carried out the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the U.S., Yemen’s state-owned news agency Saba reported today. It said al-Awlaki will be tried in Yemen if he’s captured, not extradited to the U.S.

November 2, 2010 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Yemen | , , | Leave a comment

Yemen Gunmen Kill French Contractor, British Contractor Injured

Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) — A French contractor died and his British colleague was injured in Yemen’s capital after a guard fired on the local office of OMV AG, minutes after a gun attack on a vehicle carrying U.K. Embassy staff members left one hurt.

The contractor who was killed worked for Spie Batignolles SA, a French construction company, the Foreign Ministry in Paris said an e-mailed statement without identifying him. The U.K. contractor for the company was being treated for injuries sustained in today’s attack in Sana’a, which took place at about 9 a.m. local time, Vienna-based OMV, central Europe’s biggest oil company, said in an e-mailed statement. OMV said it wasn’t aware of any political motivation for the guard’s action.  Full Story here

October 6, 2010 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Yemen | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment