Al-Qaeda claims car bomb attack on Yemen police compound
An al-Qaeda wing in Yemen on Sunday claimed responsibility for Friday's suicide car bomb attack on a police compound that killed a policeman and wounded 18 others.
The group, known as "The Jihad of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula - Yemeni Soldiers Brigade," said in a statement that the attack was carried out in retaliation for the killing of five al-Qaeda members by police forces in Yemen, the dpa reported.
The statement, posted on Islamic web sites often used by al-Qaeda, identified the suicide attacker as Ahmad bin Saeed al-Mashjari, alias Abu-Dijana al-Hadhrami.
The attacker rammed an explosive-laden sedan car into the entrance of a police complex in Sayoun of the Hadhramout province, some 900 kilometres south-east of the capital Sana'a.
He drove at high speed and tried to force his way into the compound's central yard. The car blew up after a police guard tried to stop it.
On Saturday, Hadhramout Governor Ahmed Salem al-Khanbashi said evidence gathered by police had indicated al-Qaeda was involved in the attack.
"The same scenario and materials used in previous al-Qaeda attacks were used in this attack," the governor said.
Al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for three recent car bomb attacks in Yemen, including the July 2007 one on a tourist convoy in the central province of Marib that killed eight Spanish tourists.
In September 2006, two al-Qaeda suicide attackers blew up an explosives-laden pickup in the Safer oil refinery in the neighbouring province of Marib. A simultaneous bombing hit an oil exporting port in Hadhramout, killing a security guard and two suicide attackers.
Hadhramout was the scene of a shooting attack on a convoy of Belgian tourists that left two Belgian women and two Yemeni drivers dead on January 18. Al-Qaeda also claimed responsibility for those attacks.