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Yemen hunts 8 Qaida suspects over Sanaa agents attack: ministry

09-26-2010 17:09 BJT

SANAA, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Yemeni Interior Ministry issued on Sunday an eight-man list of most-wanted al-Qaida operatives suspected of being behind Saturday's attack on a police bus carrying 10 intelligence agents in the capital Sanaa, a statement of the ministry said.

The statement posted on the ministry's news website early Sunday said the eight men were suspected of carrying out Saturday' s attack on the intelligence agents onboard a bus at the Sixteen Street near Al-Eyman University in Sanaa.

The list identifies the eight suspects' names, photos, ages and birthplaces. Pocket-sized copies of the list have been distributed to all police stations and security checkpoints across the country, according to the statement.

"The ministry vowed a non-stop manhunt campaign for the terrorist elements involved in the attack till it brings them to justice," the statement added.

The ministry did not say how many agents were onboard the bus nor the number of injured or dead, but said it has so far not arrested any suspect involved in the attack.

An intelligence official told Xinhua that two intelligence agents were killed and eight others wounded in the attack.

"The attack took place early Saturday morning when three masked al-Qaida gunmen with AK-47 rifles fired at a police bus near the Al-Eyman University, a religious university run and owned by Sheikh Abdulmajid al-Zandani, other Salafi clerics and tribesmen," the official said on condition of anonymity.

With the support from Washington, Yemen's security services have intensified crackdown and air strikes on terrorist groups since the Yemen- based al-Qaida arm claimed credit for a failed attempt to blow up a U.S. passenger plane in Detroit last December.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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