Qaeda suspects rob Yemen post office, kill policeman

People look at damage caused by a police raid on a hideout of al Qaeda militants in the Arhab region north of the Yemeni capital Sanaa. (File photo: Reuters)

Suspected al-Qaeda militants attacked a post office in Yemen’s southeastern Hadramawt province, killing a policeman and making off with two million riyals ($10,000), security officials said Wednesday.

The policeman was guarding the post office in the town of Hura when attackers late Tuesday killed him and fled with the cash, the officials said.

Robberies in Yemen by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) jihadists are common as the network attempts to finance itself.

Also in Hadramawt, in the city of Qoton, two Al-Qaeda suspects on a motorbike killed a civilian and wounded one of his relatives, officials said, without elaborating on the motive for the attack.

AQAP is active in the south and east of Yemen, having taken advantage of a collapse of central authority during a 2011 uprising that ousted veteran strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh.

It is considered by Washington as the most dangerous affiliate of the jihadist network for its role in failed attacks against the United States.

In addition to launching regular attacks on the security forces, AQAP has also murdered several people it accused of sorcery or being homosexual, citing Islamic law.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43