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Al-Qaeda Attack in Yemen

Jonathan Schanzer

Al-Jazeera reports that al-Qaeda carried out a suicide bombing at an archaeological site in Yemen that killed seven Spanish tourists and two Yemenis.

A suicide bomber crashed a car packed with explosives into the tourists’ convoy as they were ending a tour of a temple which dates back 3,000 years, to the time of the biblical Queen of Sheba.

The attack will be yet another blow to Yemeni tourism, which has struggled due to Yemen’s lawlessness.

A Spanish aircraft was due to arrive in Yemen on Tuesday to pick up the remains of the three men and four women killed in the attack. Five wounded survivors will also be taken home on the plane.

Yemen has both stoked terrorism and suffered from it.