ADEN -- Yemen's army foiled an attempt by an Al-Qaeda-linked
suicide bomber Sunday to blow up a strategic pipeline that
takes gas from central fields to southern maritime terminals,
an official said.
Soldiers opened fire on a vehicle that was speeding towards
a gas pumping station, 80 kilometers northwest of Belhaf export
terminal on the Gulf of Aden, killing the driver, said the army
"The bomb-laden vehicle was driven by an Al-Qaeda suicide
bomber," he said.
Gunmen also traded fire with soldiers near another pumping
station, 10 kilometers to the north of the other station, the
official added without giving any casualty figures.
"Al-Qaeda militants wanted to carry out these attacks
simultaneously to sabotage the pipeline and stop pumping the
gas," said the official, a member of the brigade responsible
for protecting such vital installations in the region.
Repeated attacks on gas pipelines feeding Belhaf terminal
have forced the suspension of exports for weeks.
Saboteurs have regularly targeted gas and oil pipelines in
the impoverished Arabian Peninsula nation, which relies on its
modest energy exports as a main source of revenue.
The attacks, blamed on tribesmen seeking to barter with the
authorities or Al-Qaeda, have become more frequent in the wake
of a 2011 uprising that forced out veteran strongman Ali
Petroleum and Minerals Minister Hisham Abdullah said in
early July that Yemen had lost more than $4 billion in revenues
since February 2011 due to the attacks.
AFP via Dow Jones