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Al-Qaeda Claims Dozens of Attacks in 2010

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed it was responsible for a total of 49 attacks during the period between May and October of the last year 2010, On a statement posted to a jihadist web forum.

According to a news report issued by Sada al-Malahem, the organization’s magazine – now in its fourteenth instalment – these operations targeted assets of the state and government soldiers during the five-month period, especially military and security headquarters.

Many of the actions acknowledged involved assassinations of officers and commanders in the army, security, and intelligence agencies.

Al-Qaeda reported the killing of only five soldiers and the injury of four others, referring to attacks by militants during the AH months: Shaaban, Ramadan, Shawwal, and Zul Qada, corresponding to July, August, September and October.

Most of the operations focused in Southern and Eastern governorates, especially Abyan and Shabwa.

The report claimed 13 operations targeting officers and leaders in the Yemeni security forces in five governorates and a variety of other processes, and a total of 36 attacks by guerrillas on security headquarters in the governorates of Abyan and Lahj, as well as ambushes and attacks on police patrols, barracks, and checkpoints in Shabwa and Abyan.

In addition, the communiqué boasted of the killing and the injury of dozens of officers and soldiers in such operations, and the destruction of many military vehicles.Listen

But responsibility for the bombing which targeted the al-Wahda Sports stadium in Aden before the Gulf 20 Championship in October was vigorously denied by the group.

Furthermore, al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for severing the gas export pipeline in the province of Shabwa, saying that its fighters secretly planted explosives under the facility stretching from Marib to a port in Lahj, which they say was built “in order to plunder the riches of Muslims.”

The capital, Sana’a, witnessed fewer attacks than other provinces, and only two operations were claimed there.

One targeted a bus transporting soldiers and officers of the PSO, while the other was the much-publicized targeting of a car belonging to the British embassy in Sana’a.

A missile was launched at the car carrying the deputy ambassador and group of British diplomats, whom the authors described as involved in a “conspiracy” against Yemen.