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UK & US Embassies In Yemen Closed Over Terrorist Threat

Posted in Crime, news, Politics, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 01/03/2010 by securityscene

Anti-Terrorism Unit In YemenThe US embassy has been closed over ongoing threats from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

The embassy in Sana, Yemen has issued a statement “The US embassy in Sana’a is closed… in response to ongoing threats by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to attack American interests in Yemen,”.  Yemeni staff at the embassy have been told to stay at home.

United States and British officials have said that they are going to be working closely with the Yemeni Government to help expand military and intelligence co-operation between the countries, in the hope to increase pressure on al Qaeda in the region.

The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has also announced that he has called for a summit of World leaders in London to discuss the problems in the Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the world, suffering from Civil War and Muslim radicals.

Downing Street has also committed, alongside the US, to funding a counter-terrorism police unit in Yemen to help a government and police force that is currently overstretched and unable to successfully combat terrorism.

Terrorist problems within Yemen have been known to security services for some time. The Christmas Day attempted bombing of a US flight from Amsterdam, arranged by al-Qaeda bosses in the Yemen area and carried out by Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, 23, highlights the need for further commitment and action from the UK and the United States.

UPDATE

Shortly after the United States confrimed that it had closed it’s embassy in Yemen over terrorist threats, the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office has also said that it’s embassy in the capital Sanaa has also been closed “for security reasons”.

Last week a group in the region, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, urging Muslims to help in “killing every crusader who works at their embassies or other places”.

It has not been made clear when either of the countries embassies in the lawless country of Yemen will re-open.
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Police Say Noordin Top Likely Escaped Death

Posted in Crime, news, terrorism with tags , , , , , , on 08/10/2009 by securityscene

Indonesian police have said that the body recovered during the recent shoot-out was that of wanted terrorist Noordin Mohammed Top.

Unconfirmed reports came in over the weekend suggesting that anti-terror police had stormed a house and shot dead the man suspected to be behind some of the biggest and most horrific terrorist attacks that the area has seen.

The operation came less than a month after two bombs we’re detonated at hotels in Jakarta, Indonesia. It is believed that Noordin ordered and coordinated the attacks which killed 9, injured 53 and was alleged to be set to target the Manchester United football team who were due to arrive later in the week.

Those on the scene during the raids are now saying that the body removed from Noordin’s suspected hideout was not his and didn’t look like him. Police have now conceded that the doubts about the identity of the body are credible, one police officer said “it’s not him. We know from his facial structure as well as his fingerprints. We’re continuing to track his whereabouts.”

Police have said that they received intelligence that Noordin Top was in the building and during the siege a man inside shouted “Yes, I’m Noordin Top”.

A regional security expert with the International Crisis Group, Mr Sidney Jones, said that the escape of Noordin meant that the “legend grows”.

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Manchester United Asked To Reconsider Jakarta Cancellation

Posted in Crime, news, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 07/19/2009 by securityscene

Manchester United have rejected requests to reconsider their decision to cancel the Indonesian leg of their football tour. They decided to pull out of the visit after the deadly suicide bombings on Friday 17th July 2009 at two American chain hotels Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels, the latter being the hotel the team were due to stay at.

Indonesian officials have urged the club to make a stand against terrorism by agreeing to play in Jakarta on Monday.

Dino Patti Djalal, Indonesian Presidential spokesman said “There is no more powerful message to the world than to continue with the Jakarta match as planned.”

“Of all the great feats that have been, and will be, achieved by Manchester United as a great football team with a heart, this one – proceeding with the match in Jakarta as a measure of solidarity – will be long remembered by history.”

Manchester United responded with an statement on Saturday from Kuala Lumpur where the team are currently staying, stating that they stand by their decision;

“The decision to cancel the Jakarta leg of the tour was not taken lightly, but after an act of terrorism. The Club received advice from a variety of sources, including out own Foreign Office. That advice has not changed and so the Club’s decision has to stand.”

Everyone at the Club is disappointed not to be able to play in Indonesia, but it has a responsibility to it’s players and staff.”

Manchester United played the Malaysian XI on Saturday 18th July, winning 3-2. And will replace the Jakarta leg of the tour with another match against Malaysian XI on Monday 20th July.

See Jakarta Suicide Bombings, Head Of Terror Group Sought for more details on the bombings