A court in Yemen has sentenced an al Qa’eda militant to death after convicting him of involvement in terror attacks and manufacturing explosives. Saleh al Shawish was arrested in February and later charged with involvement in attacks on security facilities, training would-be suicide bombers and bomb making.
After hearing today’s verdict, al Shawish vowed that al Qa’eda will exact revenge on Yemen’s government.
Yemen is struggling to contain al Qa’eda militants who have recently expanded their operations from the capital San’a and areas on the border with Saudi Arabia to the country’s rebellious southern provinces.
Its fighters have recently turned to drive-by shootings to kill top Yemeni intelligence and counterterrorism officials.