DUBAI: Al Qaeda in Yemen has denied US allegations it is plotting massive attacks that prompted the closure of Western missions in the country this month, in a statement posted online.
The extremist network also denied reports confirmed by Yemen’s President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi that US intelligence services had intercepted a conversation between Al Qaeda chief Ayman Al Zawahiri and Nasser Al Wuhayshi, head of the Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
“Hadi repeated the nonsense and propaganda published by US intelligence on telephone calls between jihadist leaders to justify the US plot to kill Muslims in Yemen through continued raids,” AQAP said in the statement posted on jihadist Internet forums.
Hadi had “claimed the jihadists were plotting to target oil terminals in the country using bomb-laden trucks,” said AQAP. “We deny what he said and regard it as an attempt to justify US criminal practises. “We also affirm our concern... in preserving the blood of Muslims,” the statement added.