By Jim Kouri
The deadly al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula bragged that the radical Islamist group assassinated several senior Yemeni intelligence officers last month, in a statement posted on the Jihadi-run websites late on Monday.
In the statement obtained the National Association of Chiefs of Police’s Terrorism Committee, the al-Qaeda leaders boasted that their group “killed Major Saleh al-Jabri, the prison warden of the Sanaa-based Political Security Agency on January 23.”
“Al-Jabri was responsible for torturing its jailed member since February 2011 in the intelligence prison in Sanaa,” al-Qaeda’s statement claimed.
“We also attacked a mini-bus carrying a number of intelligence officers in the southern port city of Aden last month, killing several of them and seriously injured the others,” the statement said.
Dozens of al-Qaeda operatives were held in prisons in Sanaa, according to the Law Enforcement Examiner’s confidential Israeli source.
Yemeni intelligence personnel have been targets in the past several months by the Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
The terrorist group also claimed credit for killing a local leader of the Houthi-led Shiite rebels identified as Hassan al-Mu’ eyad in the northeastern province of Marib last month. It said that it ambushed another four Shiite rebel commanders in the northern province of Saada, a key stronghold of the Shiite rebel group.
Al-Qaeda members are Sunni and opposed to the Shiite sect of Islam.
Meanwhile, the AQAP, known locally as Ansra al-Sharia ( Partisans of Islamic Law), confirmed the killing of one of its leader named Abdul-Monem al-Fadhani by a U.S. unmanned drone raid on January 30 in a southern province.
Supported by the United States, the Yemeni armed forces have engaged in fierce clashes with AQAP militants since 2009, leaving hundreds of people killed and thousands of others displaced.
In another statement posted on the Jihad-run websites early on Monday, AQAP promised invade remote areas in Yemen and recruit more tribal warriors. AQAP leaders warned that they will have their revenge against the Yemeni government after one of its local tribal chief was assassinated last week by government agents.
“The ongoing fighting, which shows the country’s fragile security situation ahead of the early presidential elections, will prove to a major challenge for the country’s new administration,” said the Israeli resource who requested anonymity.
On February 11 the Public Safety Examiner reported that a top military intelligence chief was shot to death late Saturday allegedly by al-Qaeda gunmen in Yemen’s southern province of al-Bayda, an anonymous source said.
“Colonel Eyeda bin Faraj, the chief of al-Bayda’s provincial intelligence service, murdered this evening by a group of terrorists believed to have been led by al-Qaeda’s Tariq al-Dhabab,” said the Examiner source, who serves in Israel’s national police.