October 16 - Security forces kill at least 12 protesters in the Yemeni capital while al Qaeda insurgents blow up gas pipeline. Sophia Soo reports.
Yemen security forces on Saturday (October 15) shot dead at least 12 people protesting against the rule of president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Smoke filled the air in the capital Sanaa and gun shots could be heard. Witnesses and medics said security forces opened fire on tens of thousands of anti-government protesters trying to march towards state buildings, such as the presidential palace. Al Qaeda insurgents also blew up a France Total gas pipeline. Yemeni officials said the attack was in retaliation for the killing of a senior head in al Qaeda. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DEPUTY MINISTER OF INFORMATION, ABDU AL-JANADI, SAYING (APPROXIMATE TRANSLATION): "Those are a group led by Ibrahim al-Banna, an official from the media of al Qaeda. He is an Egyptian national, and is wanted internationally. He came out with a group of al Qaeda, and went to the area of Azzan in Shabwa province. The group were pursued by security forces, who discovered their location and launched an air strike. It was a successful strike, which killed Ibrahim al-Banna, and six other al-Qaeda members." The destruction of the gas pipeline will deal a severe blow to the Yemeni economy, which is already reeling from months of protests. Sophia Soo, Reuters.