September 15 2006 Yemen attacks

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September 15th Yemen attacks
Location Dubba Port and Mareb
Date September 15, 2006
5:15 am – 5:50 am (UTC+3)
Target oil facilities
Attack type
failed suicide car bombing
Deaths 4 attackers, 1 security guard
Non-fatal injuries
none reported
Perpetrators suspected Islamist militants, possibly Al-Qaeda

The September 15, 2006 Yemen attacks were two attempted bombings of oil facilities in Yemen, carried out by suspected Islamic militants on September 15, 2006. All four attackers and one security guard died during the attacks.

Background[edit]

There had been fears of an impending terrorist attack in Yemen since February 2006, when 23 Al Qaeda prisoners escaped from a Yemeni prison. The September 15th attacks came just before the country's Presidential elections. Only days before the attacks, Al Qaeda's second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, issued a videotaped threat of attacks on the Persian Gulf and on facilities he blamed for stealing Muslim oil; analysts point to Al Qaeda as the likely perpetrator of the attacks.[1]

Dubba Port attack[edit]

At 5:15 am local time, two attempted suicide bombers drove toward the Dubba Port, reportedly "at great speed", in an attempt to blow up storage tanks containing large amounts of oil. According to a statement by Yemen's Interior Ministry, the driver of the car was wearing a uniform similar to those worn by staff at the facility, and the second driver was dressed in a military uniform. The guards at the port managed to detonate the vehicles before it reached its target. In the resulting blast, one security guard was killed.

Mareb attack[edit]

At 5:50 am, 35 minutes after the first attack, security guards at a refinery in Mareb blew up two cars loaded with explosives. The Interior Ministry statement reported that the vehicles, which were similar to those driven by the facility's staff, ". . . were driven by other suicide bomber terrorists who tried to break into [the facility]". The two attackers were killed; no one else was injured in the attack.

Perpetrators[edit]

On November 7, 2007, a Yemeni court sentenced 32 men to between two and 15 years in prison after they were found guilty of supporting the attacks. The men had pleaded not guilty.[2]

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