Militants Blow Up Pipeline In Yemen Amid Al Qaeda Crackdown

11.02.10 | FL News Team

(Sanaa)  --  Al-Qaeda insurgents are believed to be behind an explosion at an oil pipeline in southern Yemen.  A security official in Aden said the blast was caused by a timed device.  There's no word on casualties or the extent of damage.  However, Yemeni officials said the pipeline in the province of Shabwa was operated by a South Korean firm.

The blast comes as authorities in Yemen conduct a manhunt for an al-Qaeda explosives maker suspected in a foiled parcel bomb attack on the U.S.  Intelligence experts believe Saudi-born Ibrahim al-Asiri has been hiding in Yemen for the past nine years.  Explosives were found this past weekend in packages addressed to synagogues in the Chicago area.