Nine police officers were murdered in a bloody ambush by suspected al-Qaeda terrorists in Yemen‘s southeastern province of Shabwa on Monday, according to a police intelligence officer who monitors Islamist groups in the Middle East and North Africa.
According to Michael Snopes, the radical Muslim attackers, armed with fully-automatic rifles and grenades, ambushed a patrol of special security forces near a gasoline storage facility in the Yemeni province of Nushymah.
The fierce battle left at least nine police officers dead and several officers wounded.
While no terrorist groups have as yet claimed responsibility for the attack, members of the al-Qaeda offshoot — al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) — are usually credited by intelligence agencies for such assassination attacks on public officials.
The al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which emerged in January 2009, is considered as the biggest threat to the Yemeni government and its neighbor the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Last month, al-Qaeda terrorists shot and killed a security officer for the German embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, while he attempted to protect the German ambassador on Sunday morning, according to an Israeli counterterrorism analyst, Josh Siegel.
A study featured in an Examiner news story revealed that al-Qaeda-affiliated organizations were responsible in 2011 for four of the five most lethal terrorist attacks:
* al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) – Yemen: March 28 – 110 killed, 45 injured
* Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) – Pakistan: May 13 – 80 killed, 140 injured
* Al Shabaab – Somalia: Oct. 4 – 70 killed, 42 injured
* al-Qaeda in Iraq – Iraq: March 29 – 65 killed, 95 injured