By Nasser Arrabyee/20/08/2010
Two security men were killed and three others were injured when Al Qaeda suspects attacked two security patrols in Lawdar district, Abyan province, south of Yemen, said security and local sources Friday. Two of the attackers were injured.
Local sources said about 8 attackers were seen walking in the town of Lawdar with their guns and shouting ‘Allahu Akbar, Allah Akbar, god is greater god is greater,’ before they attacked the security men shortly before the sunset of Thursday.
This attack came less than 24 hours after a leading Al Qaeda operative surrendered himself after the American-trained anti-terror forces surrounded him in his hideout in the Arhab area east of the capital Sana’a.
The government considered Hezam Mujali who surrendered himself, as one of the dangerous Al Qaeda leaders in the area of Arhab. Mujali was one of the 23 Al Qaeda elements who escaped in February 2006 from the intelligence prison in Sana’a. Mujali was sentenced to death in absentia in 2004 for participating in the terrorist attack on the French oil tanker Lumberg in October 2002.
On the same day, Thursday, August19th, 2010, Al Qaeda leading operative Anis Al Awthali was arrested in Abyan according the security officials.
Information obtained from previous arrests led to the hideouts of the two leading Al Qaeda elements, said the security officials .
Earlier this week, Juman Safyan, the leader of Al Qaeda in Al Jawf province, surrendered himself to the authorities.
On July 6th,2010, Hamzah Al Dhayani, a leading Al Qaeda operative in Mareb, surrendered himself to the authorities.