Thursday, November 26, 2009

Terrorism: Senior Yemeni anti-terrorist officer "executed" by al-Qaida

Xinhua reports a captured senior Yemeni anti-terrorist officer has confirmed to be "executed" by an al-Qaida group, and a short video showing his killing was posted on the Internet, according to an official of Yemen's Interior Ministry.

Bassam Tarbush, 41, a major at the Combating Terrorism Unit in Marib province northeast the capital Sanaa was kidnapped by al-Qaida in June 2009, said the official on condition of anonymity.

"The video is also transferred from mobile phone to mobile phone using Bluetooth in Marib, Al-Jawf, Hadramout, Abyan and Aden provinces," the official told Xinhua.

Al-Qaida said in the video that Major Tarbush was allegedly behind the assassination of top al-Qaida leader Ali Qaed Sunian al-Harithi, also known as Abu Ali, who was killed in Marib province by a U.S. Predator drone in 2002.

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