Al-Qaeda blamed for Yemen blast

Officials say suicide bomber carried out attack that killed four South Koreans.

    The blast occurred at Shibam, a Unesco world heritage site famed for its mud brick towers [AFP]

    It happened as the tourists passed a vehicle at the entrance to Mahram Bilqis, an ancient oval-shaped temple celebrated for belonging to the Queen of Sheba, an official said.

    Arrests

    Meanwhile, Yemeni authorities arrested 12 people suspected of links to the blast, a security official told the Associated Press on Monday.

    The official said those detained are members of a group believed to have information on the actual perpetrators of the attack.

    No group has claimed responsibility for the explosion.

    Khaled al-Hammadi, a journalist in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, told Al Jazeera that the attack took place amid a government crackdown on al-Qaeda in the country.

    "The Yemeni government has conducted a lot of operations to combat al-Qaeda's operations in the country with the co-operation of the international community, particularly the US government.

    "There are currently a lot of [court] trials in which al-Qaeda members are accused," he said.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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