Ten wounded after leftover bomb explodes in Abyan
Aref Alwan, a media activist in Abyan, said a group of people found an explosive device, and Alwan said it is most likely leftover from bombs launched in a U.S. air raid in Al-Ma’jala on Dec.17, 2009.
Alwan reported five of the 10 wounded are street cleaners, and the other five are residents. The wounded were taken to Zinjibar and to Aden for treatment for shrapnel wounds in their legs and arms.
Before they knew it was a live bomb, people tried dismantling the bomb to sell its metal parts. When Jalal Mohammed Al-Jaberi, one of the wounded, realized what it was, he threw it aside.
Mohammed Ahmed Salem, a representative of Abyan’s Operation Center, said the bomb could be a remnant from the war on Al-Qaeda.
Abyan governorate has witnessed several strikes launched by the Yemeni military against Al-Qaeda.
Salem said people often find landmines and bombs but don’t inform authorities, hurting themselves and other residents.
“Residents ought to inform the police before tampering with them (bombs),” he said.