Terrorist act targets oil tanker in Marib [Archives:2007/1072/Local News]

July 30 2007

MARIB, July 29 – Media sources revealed, last Wednesday, that an armed gang blew up an oil tanker in Marib. Al-Ishtiraki.net reported that a big oil tanker was seen aflame in Al-Irqeen area located between Safer and the government complex in Marib city.

The source quoted an eye witness as saying that a group of armed men fired an RPJ shell at the tanker causing its explosion; however, no fire brigade came to set off the fire until the tanker was completely destroyed.

Such a terrorist act, which is, according to the authorities, is blamed to Al-Qaeda, came just in few weeks after the terrorist operation that targeted and killed eight Spanish tourists in Marib.

Meanwhile, a tribal group from Al-Awaleq tribe, residing between Abyan and Shabwa governorates, in the south of Yemen, seized 12 oil and gas tankers and distributed their content among the area's gas stations; however, they were reconciled through a tribal mediation.

The tribe expropriated the tankers in an effort to force the authorities to free some of its sons jailed in Aden's Al-Mansourah Prison or shift them to Abyan so that their families can visit them.