Yemen police foil suicide attack on Aden checkpoint
ADEN // Yemeni authorities released footage on Sunday of the killing of a would-be suicide bomber moments before he detonated his explosives at a checkpoint in the southern city of Aden.
In the video posted online, Aden’s anti-terrorism squad documented its surveillance of the assailant as he approached his target on Saturday in the Tawahi district of the port city.
The video shows the alleged bomber dressed in military fatigues and armed as he walked towards the checkpoint, before an officer shot him dead after getting a tip off from agents in a watching car.
Other officers arrived and quickly stripped off an explosive belt worn by the man whose body was lying in a pool of blood, the footage showed.
Aden security spokesman Abdulrahman Al Naqeeb said police acted on “accurate information that allowed the team to follow the movements” of the would-be bomber.
Aden serves as Yemen’s temporary capital since government forces supported by the Saudi-led Arab coalition pushed the rebels out of the port city along with four other southern provinces in the summer of 2015.
The capital Sanaa remains under the control of Houthi rebels since who overran it in September 2014.
Extremists from Al Qaeda and the rival ISIL group have exploited the vacuum caused by the conflict between the government and the rebels to strengthen their control in southern and eastern Yemen.
* Agence France-Presse
Updated: April 9, 2017 04:00 AM