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Bomber targets investigators

A SUICIDE bomber yesterday struck a convoy carrying South Korean officials sent to Yemen to investigate a bombing earlier in the week that killed four tourists from the country.

The three-car convoy was carrying South Korean officials and investigators sent to look into Sunday's suicide bomb attack that killed four South Korean tourists and their Yemeni driver at a historical site. No one was hurt in yesterday's incident.

The South Korean Foreign Ministry said the convoy was also carrying relatives of the victims of Sunday's attack. They were in the country to recover the bodies of their loved ones and were headed to the airport for a flight to South Korea when the bomber struck.

Yemen, an impoverished country in the southwestern corner of the Arabian Peninsula, is Osama bin Laden's ancestral homeland and has long been a center of militant activity.

The bomber walked into the road between two of the vehicles and blew himself up as the convoy was outside the capital, San'a, a Yemeni official said. The blast shattered the windows of the vehicles.

Yemeni authorities said al-Qaida was behind Sunday's bombing near the ancient fortress city of Shibam and said that 12 suspects had been arrested.

After that attack, South Korea instructed its overseas diplomatic missions to strengthen security measures and said it would set up a body to consult with Middle East countries and other nations prone to attacks to exchange information on terrorism.

In June, South Korea will begin importing natural gas from Yemen. But Yemen's poor security has limited trade between the two nations.


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