Extremist cell implicated in Al-Sabeen bombing arrests
"Security forces captured the terrorist cell, which plotted the murder of several soldiers in a heinous incident in Al-Sabeen," Mahdi Al-Jarbani, the Battalion 14 leader of the Central Security, said.
On May 21, a suicide bomber blew himself up during the military parade on May 21 in Sana'a’s Al-Sabeen Square, killing himself and approximately 100 soldiers. Numerous others were injured.
Al-Jarbani said the captives are being questioned, and details will be garnered about how the square was infiltrated. "Their names will be declared," he said.
The state-run 26 September newspaper quoted Al-Anisi as saying the security personnel caught the terrorist cell, self-dubbed as Ansar Al-Sharia.
26 September reported that Al-Anisi gave no details regarding the captured militants. However, he said security personnel have executed qualitative operations against militants in the past, and targeted operations would carry on wherever they go.
Ayish Awas, a political analyst, said to 26 September that names will not be published because this could influence the investigation process, indicating the publication could help other suspects hide.
"It is difficult to forget this crime because of the number of casualties and the crime's location,” Awas said. “This puts the government and the decision makers under constant pressure until they detect the identity of attackers."
Awas said fingers will be pointed at decision-makers if there are any indications of procrastination toward addressing the capture of the militants and toward the bombing itself.