Al Qaida pair sentenced to death in Yemen

A court in Yemen sentenced two al Qaida militants to death today for killing senior police and army officers.

The swift trial was held in the capital, Sana’a, and took place without lawyers for the defendants.

Dressed in blue jumpsuits, 23-year-old Mubarak el-Shabawni and 18-year-old Mansour Salem denounced the verdict and shouted “God is great” afterwards.

The two militants, who were arrested in December, were convicted of carrying out attacks in 2009, including one which claimed the lives of top Yemeni intelligence officials in the south.

Yemen, the ancestral homeland of Osama bin Laden, has a strong al Qaida presence, which the government has struggled to confront.

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