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Yemen armed tribesmen bomb another oil pipeline

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SANAA, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Yemeni tribesmen blew up another oil pipeline on Thursday, which was the second of such bombing this week in the troubled province of Marib, a local security official said.

"The pair attacks came in retaliation of an air raid that mistakenly killed a tribal dignitary, who also served as deputy governor of Marib province, Jabir Ali al-Shabwany, along with his four bodyguards," said the official.

"The targeted pipeline is located some 4 km west to the main oil production facility, (of the Yemeni Safer Oil Company) ... the tactic of today's bombing bore al-Qaida's characteristics," the official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

No one was killed or injured as heavy troops have been deployed to the surrounding area of the Safer company.

On late Monday, an unmanned drone fired a missile on an alleged al-Qaida meeting in Wadi Abieda area in Marib province, northeast to the capital Sanaa.

The missile, however, killed by mistake the deputy governor of Marib who is also served as a councilman, Jabir Ali al-Shabwany, along with his four bodyguards.

"Jabir Ali al-Shabwany was assigned as a mediator to meet with al-Qaida militants in a bid to convince them to turn themselves up to the security authorities," said the security official.

"And the missile was set to target only the group of al-Qaida's operatives ... but a kind of unknown error led to that tragedy," he added.

According to local officials, the air strike sparked a huge anger among the kinsmen against the government and led the armed tribesmen to attack the government's oil establishments in revenge of what they said a U.S. unmanned strike.

The first blast targeting the oil pipeline on Tuesday has caused a leaking of about 10,000 barrels of crude oil to the desert, local officials added.

On Wednesday, the website of Yemeni Defense Ministry said the government admitted its mistake and promised to compensate the tribe and to launch an investigation into the incident.

The anger tribe is led by the father of Jabir al-Shabwany, local media reported.

The improvised country is facing resurgent al-Qaida militancy and growing voices in the south, calling for disengagement from the north. 

Editor: Deng Shasha
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