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Al-Qaeda plots to assassinate Yemen president: Sources

Iran Press TV

Mon Apr 7, 2014 4:4PM GMT

The al-Qaeda militant group is hatching a plot to assassinate Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansur Hadi, sources say.

Sources close to the president said the group's plot is aimed at disrupting a transfer of power in the country.

Yemeni security units have reportedly traced the activities of al-Qaeda members near Hadi's residence.

Last December, a Yemeni court jailed nine al-Qaeda members for between two and 10 years after convicting them of scheming to assassinate Hadi.

In February 2012, Yemen's former dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh formally stepped down and handed over power to his deputy Hadi. The power transfer occurred under a deal brokered by the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council in April 2011 and signed by Saleh in Riyadh on November 23, 2011.

Al-Qaeda-linked violence against Yemeni security forces has grown since Hadi came to power.

An al-Qaeda attack on an army command in Yemen's southern port city of Aden left nearly a dozen people dead on April 2.

In December 2013, the group claimed responsibility for a deadly assault on the headquarters of Yemen's Defense Ministry in the capital Sana'a.

MR/AB



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