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Al-Qaida attacks national security agency headquarters in Yemen

An automobile containing an improvised explosive device (IED) slammed into Yemen's National Security Agency in southeastern Yemen on Saturday and exploded. However, according to reports, there were no deaths or casualties.

A Yemeni police officer checking an SUV at a security checkpoint.

A police counterterrorism unit member, Harold Chapner, said that Yemeni security officials are blaming al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) for the suicide bomb attack.

About 30-minutes later, rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) exploded on the ground in the same area but this time there were armored vehicles and soldiers trying to secure the neighborhood after the original IED blast.

Following the car bomb and grenade attack, police officers shutdown the roads surround the intelligence headquarters and ambulances were on the scene as a precaution, Chapner said.

Earlier this week, troops from Yemen's security forces initiated a major offensive with more than 2,000 soldiers and security personnel against several AQAP strongholds in Yemen's southern provinces.

The Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, a/k/a locally as Ansar al-Sharia or Partisans of Islamic Law, sent the military and police commanding officers a message "advising" them not to target al-Qaida or they will face more terrorist attacks in retaliation.

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