October 13, 2005

Yemen holding 2 for failed attack on US envoy

SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen is holding two men for allegedly
trying to assassinate the U.S. ambassador to the Arab country a
year ago, a government-run Web site said on Thursday.

The main suspect had attempted to throw a hand grenade at
the ambassador at a shopping center in the capital Sanaa, said
the Web site of the September 26 newspaper, which is published
by Yemen's armed forces.

The two suspects were being questioned and could be brought
to trial soon, it said.

Yemen, the ancestral home of al Qaeda leader Osama bin
Laden, has joined the U.S.-led war on terrorism since the
September 11, 2001 attacks.

It has cracked down on al Qaeda-linked militants following
attacks at home, including the 2000 USS Cole bombing and the
2002 attack on the French supertanker Limburg.