Al-And air base security foil a terror attack
Lahj Governor Ahmed Al-Majeedi said security offices were given notice of a Toyota Hilux bearing no registration number near the base.
He said inside the explosive-laden vehicle were grenades, missiles, anti-tanks mines, five gas cylinders and abayas—a clock commonly worn by women.
Lieutenant Colonel Ahmed Qaed, security commander of Brigade 90 at Al-And air base, said the operation was carefully masterminded by Al-Qaeda.
“Al-And air base includes a variety of military and war planes,” Al-Majeedi said, asserting this is the reason behind the alleged Al-Qaeda plan to attack the base.
Al-Majeedi said relentless efforts repel Al-Qaeda’s aims to destabilize the country and particularly to target military personnel.
According to a report by Al-Jazeera, the U.S. military uses the base to conduct military trainings for local forces.
The farms in the vicinity of the base created a gap, facilitating the smuggling of the car, Qaed said.
Ali Haider, a journalist in Aden, said the vehicle penetrated many security checkpoints until its arrival at Al-And air base.
Haider said the ability of the vehicle to enter the area is an indicator that security figures are complicit in the incident.
“The terror members sensed the threat owning to the monitoring patrols; thus, they left their possessions and fled,” Qaed said