More suspects in Marib’s attack arrested [Archives:2007/1079/Local News]

August 23 2007

SANA'A, Aug. 22 ) Yemeni security arrested last Saturday an Egyptian and two Yemenis suspected to have links to al-Qaeda and the terrorist attack on the Spanish tourists convoy in Marib last July.

Egyptian Mohammad Yaqot was arrested inside a hotel in the capital Sana'a as he was suspected of attacking Spaniards in Marib, killing eight Spanish and two Yemenis, stated a security source, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The source said that Yaqot, who is an alleged al-Qaeda member, entered Yemen illegally few months ago. The source did not release the names of the two Yemenis, and it was unclear if they were suspected of belonging to al-Qaeda, which the authorities have blamed for the attack.

Egyptian embassy in Sana'a said that it had no information regarding the arrest of the Egyptian.

Yaqot is the second Egyptian announced to be involved in Marib's attack, which took place on July 12, when a car packed with explosives ran into a convoy of 13 Spanish tourists on a tour of an ancient temple in Marib, killing eight Spanish tourists and two local drivers and wounding five Spanish tourists, two Yemeni drivers, and four police guards.

After days of Marib's attack the security forces killed the Egyptian Ahmad Basyoni Dowaidar. At that time the police said that Dowidar was the mastermind in planning for the Marib's attack on the Spanish convoy, however, later the police investigation revealed that Dewidar had offered only logistic support to the group consisted of ten people, who carried out the plot.

Official news agency quoted “informed source” saying that the police has arrested last week “a number of terrorists involved in the attack on the Spanish tourists convoy” the source added that the police also arrested some people tried to protect “the terrorists”. Further, the source affirmed that the arrest process did not cause any casualties.

Worth-noting, the Ministry of Interior has offered a $75,500 reward for information leading to the capture of those behind the attack