FBI Team in Yemen to Investigate Attack on Nation’s President
By David Stout | June 14, 2011 12:13 pm

The FBI has sent a forensic team to Yemen to investigate the attack that nearly killed President Ali Abdullah Saleh, according to news reports.

“The FBI is aiding Yemeni law enforcement in their investigation in the attack on the presidential compound,” a senior Yemeni official told the website Global Post, according to a report by Allan Lengel on his Tickle the Wire bllog. The FBI team reportedly arrived in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa,  last Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a Yemeni government analyst said the attack of June 3 bore the hallmarks of an al-Qaeda operation, UPI reported.

Yemen has become a key ally of the United States in the continuing campaign against terrorism. Saleh suffered shrapnel wounds and severe burns in the attack on the presidential compound.

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