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Yemen ups oil security amid Qaeda attack fears

“Yemen has beefed up security around oil and maritime installations for fear of retaliation by Al-Qaeda after several strikes against the jihadist network, the interior ministry said on Wednesday.

‘Yemeni authorities have increased security measures around oil and maritime installations, in addition to securing the routes of oil tankers,’ the ministry website said.

‘Firm orders have been given to security bodies and the coast guard to up their alert levels in order to counter any possible terror attack by Al-Qaeda elements,’ it added.

It said that attacks could take place ‘in retaliation to the qualitative and severe strikes that targeted terror hideouts in several provinces.’

Security forces in the southern provinces of Abyan, Aden, Hadramut and Shabwa, as well as Hudayda and Taez further north, were ordered to ‘double coastal surveillance to spot suspicious boats that could be used by terrorist elements in revenge attacks,’ it said.”

(Source: AFP: Yemen ups oil security amid Qaeda attack fears)

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