BY NADIA ABOU EL-MAGD - Al-Qaida has purportedly claimed responsibility for attempted suicide attacks on two oil installations in Yemen and vowed more strikes against the United States and its allies, according to a statement posted on the Internet.
''Let the Americans and their allies ... know that these operations are only the first spark and that what is coming is more severe and bitter,'' the statement said.
The statement was posted on a Web site frequently used by Islamic militants.
Suicide bombers tried to strike two oil facilities in Yemen with explosives-packed cars on Sept. 15, but authorities foiled the attacks and four bombers and a security guard were killed, the Yemeni government has said.
The attempts came days after al-Qaida's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, issued a videotaped threat of attacks on the Persian Gulf and on facilities he blamed for stealing Muslim oil.
''These operations were carried out upon the directive of our emir Osama bin Laden, may God protect him, in which he ordered Muslims to strike at Western economy and drain it,'' the Internet statement said.
A Saudi aggression fighter jet targeted a citizen's car driving in Fara area of Kutaf district in Saada province overnight, killing the driver and injuring his friend, a security official said on Monday.
Scores of Saudi enemy soldiers were killed and injured on Sunday when the army and popular forces repelled a Saudi military attempt to sneak into Shurfah site in the border province of Najran, a military official said.
The operation was accomplished successfully against the Saudi
Saudi aggression warplanes have launched more than 49 airstrikes over the past hours on several residential areas across Yemen, a security official said on Sunday.
The airstrikes targeted the areas of Malahiz and Husama in Dhahir district, and areas Thuban, Masahif and Sdad in Bakim district of northern Saada province.