- The Washington Times - Friday, March 27, 2009

CAIRO (AP) - The militant group al-Qaida in the Arab Peninsula is reportedly claiming responsibility for an attack earlier this month in Yemen that killed four South Korean tourists and their Yemeni driver.

In a statement posted on an Islamic Web site, the organization said the attack was intended to force the South Koreans out of Arab lands and to avenge the killing of al-Qaida operatives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The statement was also carried by the U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors militant messages on the Web.

The statement’s authenticity could not be independently verified.

Yemeni authorities have said al-Qaida was behind the bombing.

Yemen, the ancestral home of Osama bin Laden, has long been home to Islamic extremists in its remote hinterland.

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