Several Islamists Arrested after Yemen Blasts

Published January 3rd, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Yemeni authorities have rounded up several Islamists following a series of bomb blasts in the port city of Aden, the scene of a deadly anti-US bombing in October, an interior ministry official said Wednesday. 

"Police have arrested several suspects among Islamic extremist circles after the three explosions" on Monday and Tuesday that caused material damage but left no casualties, the source told AFP. 

The official, asking not to be named, said a number of those arrested had already been detained and released in connection with the October 12 bombing of the destroyer USS Cole in Aden harbor that killed 17 US sailors. 

On Tuesday, a small bomb exploded outside offices of the official Yemeni news agency SABA, police said. 

And the wall of an Anglican church was partially destroyed the previous day by an explosive charge, while a shell fired at a hotel in this southern city missed its target and fell into the sea. 

Al-Sahwa newspaper, run by the Islamic opposition party Al-Islah, recently accused the Anglican church of trying to convert Muslims. In 1994, armed Islamists attacked the church. 

Monday's attacks coincided with the New Year celebrations, an event often denounced by Islamists opposed to the sale of alcohol in Yemeni hotels. The bombings came despite tight security in Aden ever since the Cole attack -- ADEN (AFP)  

 

 

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