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Saudis hardened by wars in Syria, Iraq join al Qaeda in Yemen

By Rania El Gamal SANAA (Reuters) - Dozens of Saudi Islamist militants have left the battlefields of Syria and Iraq for Yemen, where their experience appears to have contributed to a spate of lethal al Qaeda attacks, a senior Yemeni security official said. The influx detected in the last few months is worrying for Yemen, a turbulent country where several hundred Saudi militants are already thought to be fighting alongside their Yemeni counterparts in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Saudis hardened by wars in Syria, Iraq join al Qaeda in Yemen

By Rania El Gamal SANAA (Reuters) - Dozens of Saudi Islamist militants have left the battlefields of Syria and Iraq for Yemen, where their experience appears to have contributed to a spate of lethal al Qaeda attacks, a senior Yemeni security official said. The influx detected in the last few months is worrying for Yemen, a turbulent country where several hundred Saudi militants are already thought to be fighting alongside their Yemeni counterparts in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Animal rights activist wanted in California bombings may be in Hawaii: FBI

By Jonathan Kaminsky (Reuters) - U.S. authorities in pursuit of a fugitive animal rights activist suspected in a pair of California bombings over a decade ago have focused their hunt on Hawaii's big island following a lead he may be there, an FBI spokesman said on Wednesday. The fugitive, Daniel Andreas San Diego, is a suspect in connection with a bomb blast at a biotechnology firm near Oakland in August 2003. A second bomb found there was deactivated by authorities and possibly intended to target first responders.

Drone strike kills 2 'Qaeda' in Yemen: tribal source

A US drone strike has killed a local Al-Qaeda chief and his bodyguard in northeastern Yemen, a tribal source said Wednesday. The unmanned plane fired a missile at a vehicle transporting militants in the Jebel Jame area, in Jawf province, the source said. The dead were identified as Moajab bin Aziz and his guard, Ali Hasan Hadhban. Overnight Monday, four suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed in a similar attack in Jawf.

Drone strike kills 2 'Qaeda' in Yemen: tribal source

A US drone strike has killed a local Al-Qaeda chief and his bodyguard in northeastern Yemen, a tribal source said Wednesday. The unmanned plane fired a missile at a vehicle transporting militants in the Jebel Jame area, in Jawf province, the source said. The dead were identified as Moajab bin Aziz and his guard, Ali Hasan Hadhban. Overnight Monday, four suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed in a similar attack in Jawf.

Egypt police kill Cairo bombing suspect

Egyptian police on Tuesday shot dead a militant suspected of being involved in a January bomb attack against Cairo police headquarters, the interior ministry said. The bombing in the heart of the capital, one of many attacks targeting security forces since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July, had killed four people. Mohamed al-Sayed Mansour al-Toukhi was killed in a gun battle with policemen when they came to arrest him in an eastern Cairo neighbourhood, the ministry said.

Drone strike kills 4 'Qaeda' in Yemen: tribal source

A US drone strike in northeast Yemen has killed four suspected Al-Qaeda members, a tribal source said on Tuesday. Two missiles struck two vehicles late Monday in the Wadi Abida area, east of Sanaa, killing the occupants "who were all Al-Qaeda members," the source said. Obad Mubarak al-Shabwani and Jaafar al-Shabwani, "both local chiefs of Al-Qaeda," were among the passengers, he said.

Suspected al Qaeda militant killed in drone strike in central Yemen: tribesmen

SANAA (Reuters) - A suspected al Qaeda militant was killed in a drone strike late on Monday in Yemen's central Maarib province, an oil-producing area where al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula operates, local tribesmen said. The sources said three rockets, presumed to be fired by a U.S. drone, hit a car that a man who went by the name of Ebad al-Shabwani was driving. The car was completely burnt, the tribesmen said.

Saudi sentences three suspected militants to death for 2003 bombing

RIYADH (Reuters) - A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced three men to death and jailed two others for up to 17 years for their part in a series of militant attacks including the deadly bombing of a foreign housing compound in 2003, state news agency SPA reported. SPA said that, among other charges, a man identified by the court as "suspect number one" was convicted of involvement in the bombing of the al-Muhaya compound, where expatriates lived, in the capital Riyadh, one of a series of al Qaeda attacks in the kingdom.

Japan Aum cultist sentenced to 9 years in prison

A former member of the Aum Supreme Truth was sentenced to nine years in prison for abduction on Friday, 19 years after the doomsday cult launched a nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway, court officials said. The Tokyo District Court handed the jail term to Makoto Hirata, 48, who turned himself in at a police station two years ago after spending much of the last two decades on the run.
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