Yemen Navy Stops Suicide Attack Off Abyan Coast

Posted August 28th, 2011 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Yemen's navy says it has stopped a suicide attack by a speed boat approaching one of its vessels.

The navy Sunday said a boat suspected of carrying explosives was speeding toward a Yemeni warship off the coast of volatile Abyan province late Saturday. A Yemeni commander said navy ships fired on the boat and sank it after it ignored several warning shots.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but al-Qaida has used boats in the past to attack warships.

In October 2000, an al-Qaida attack on the USS Cole Navy destroyer in the port of Aden killed 17 American sailors.

Yemeni security forces continue to battle al-Qaida insurgents in Abyan province, where the militants have captured areas including the provincial capital, Zinjibar, and the town of Jaar.