A case of bombs and identity theft?
By Jeffrey Fleishman
Yemen bomb suspect is released, lawyer says
ANA, Yemen (MCT) Yemen authorities on Sunday released a 23-year-old engineering student who had been arrested a day earlier for her alleged connection to al-Qaida and the foiled plot to mail packages of concealed explosives into the U.S., according to her lawyer.
Samawi's lawyer, Abdulraham Barman, said he was told by Samawi's father Sunday evening that she was no longer in custody. Barman did not elaborate.
The official added that the woman who did drop off the package "used a passport and an ID that had the full name of
Hours before the young woman's release, her classmates at Sana University College of Engineering protested against the treatment she received from police in her neighborhood in north Sana, the
In a country woven with deception and conspiracy, the president's involvement in the case suggested the increasing pressure Saleh faces inside and outside of
"I think it's an orchestration to draw more attention to
Others viewed the president's quick action as a pointed message to
While pundits and columnists parsed the global politics of terrorism, Yemeni investigators hunted for suspects and details in a plot that spanned several countries. Security forces were trying to determine how two packages containing explosives and bound for Jewish centers in
Al-Qaida has not claimed responsibility for the plot, but intelligence officials say it bears the earmarks of
Few on the Sana University campus believed that Samawi, a liberal thinker and the daughter of a water engineer, was connected to a terrorist network, even though a copy of her identification card also appeared on shipping papers. Her female classmates, most of whom wore veils covering their faces, described Samawi as an apolitical conscientious computer engineering student awaiting graduation in July.
"Hanan wouldn't do anything like this," said a student who gave only her first name, Sumiya. "She's only interested in computer engineering. She's one of our best students, a normal girl. She listens to Western music. She likes Yanni."
There is growing frustration among Yemenis with
News clips tend to stay the same. Soldiers and heavy artillery move into mountainous regions, airstrikes rattle ravines and al-Qaida fighters slip away, disappearing into tribal lands and safe houses. Increased cooperation between the U.S. and
"Right now there's no indication whatsoever that al-Qaida is losing ground," Iryani said. "As tanks roll into an area, new buds of terrorists bloom. We've been going about it completely wrong."
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