Saturday, December 4, 2010
Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula Statement Claims Group Assassinated Houthi Movement's Religious Guide, Shaykh Badr al-Din al-Houthi
Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP; Qaeda, Qaida) media outlet, the Al-Malahem (Epics, Epic Encounters) Media Foundation released a statement yesterday claiming that a kamikaze bomber it sent, Abu 'Aisha al-San'ani al-Hashemi, was responsible for the death of the elderly religious guide of the Houthi Zaydi movement in the northern Yemeni governorate of Sa'dah in late November. The statement mocks Houthi claims that Shaykh Badr al-Din al-Houthi had died of natural causes, as was reported. If true, AQAP's claim is a significant development in Yemen's current affairs. Hopefully Princeton doctoral candidate and Yemen/AQAP expert Gregory Johnsen will have some detailed analysis soon at Waq al-Waq.
AQAP released a statement on November 28 claiming responsibility for recent bomb attacks on the Houthi movement, whose members they labeled "Rafidah," ("rejectionists"), a derogatory term used by some Sunnis for Shi'i Muslims. The new statement names the kamikaze bomber in the second attack, aimed at Badr al-Din al-Houthi's funeral procession, as Abu 'Abdullah al-San'ani. The nisbahs of both bombers' names notes they were from Yemen's capital city, San'a (Sana'a).
A PDF and Word version of the statement may be downloaded via these NON-militant URLs: