Yemen steps up security measures around foreign embassies, government buildings
Yemen remained on high-alert Wednesday as security forces deployed to the capital to protect embassies, government buildings and senior state officials two days after a suicide attack outside an ancient temple killed seven Spanish tourists.
Authorities are hunting down Al Qaeda suspects in a bid to gather information on the attack’s plotters. Nine suspects have been arrested so far as part of the roundup, police said, according to the AP.
A Spanish Armed Forces plane on Wednesday brought home the bodies of the slain tourists and five of the injured. Six injured Spaniard, whose condition was reportedly serious, remained in a Yemeni hospital to undergo a second operation.
Despite the security precautions, Yemen’s parliament has lashed out at the government, accusing it of not taking adequate security steps to protect foreigners despite previous warnings by Al Qaeda that it would carry out attacks against foreigners to retaliate against the detention of its members.