A Yemeni court jailed nine al Qaeda members for between two and
10 years on Sunday for plotting to assassinate President Abd-Rabbu Mansour
Hadi, the country's news agency Saba reported.
Yemen is battling one of the most active wings of al Qaeda, known as Al
Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has been foiled in several
attempted attacks on Western targets, including airliners.
The prosecution said the group, which was also convicted of planning to kill
military officers and kidnap foreigners, planted an explosive device this year
on a road used by Hadi on his way to the presidential palace.
Their intention was to detonate the bomb remotely and kill Hadi, but the
device was found and dismantled by security forces, prosecutors said.
It was one of several attempted attacks on Hadi, who was elected in February
2012 after his long-serving predecessor Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped down as part
of a U.S.-backed power transfer deal. Saleh's departure ended months of popular
protests against his three decades in office.
Stabilizing Yemen, which is also struggling with southern separatists and
northern rebels, is an international priority because of fears of disorder in a
state that flanks top oil producer Saudi Arabia and major shipping lanes.