Yemen hasthwartedanal-Qaeda plan totake overcitiesin the south andsoutheastandoil installations.This is whatagovernment spokesman said. "The main objectiveof the plan wasto take controlofcitiesinMoukalla and Bawazir," said the spokesman, RajehBadi. He added that apipeline andoil facilities, close to thefirst citywere alsotargeted,as well as foreignexpertsworking there.
Also according tothe spokesman, the plan was foiledSaturday, two days before the transition tothe action ofmembers of al-Qaida. They had tohave access to facilities, dress in military uniformand pretendingto be soldiersin charge of protectingandorganizing ademonstration to demandbonuses.Bank robberieswerealsoplottedin the centerof Yemen in theframework of this plan, but have notbeen executed, said the spokespersonwithout explanation.
The defeatof the plancomes afterthe security alertlaunched bythe United Stateson possibleattacks fromtheterrorist network. The alertwas followedby the closure ofthe U.S. embassy inSanaaand in manyother countriesas well as Westerndiplomatic missionsin the Yemeni capital. TheUnited States andtheUnited Kingdomyesterdayevacuateddiplomaticstaff of theYemeni capitalcitingimminent danger ofattack.