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Yemen Blast Kills 6 Suspected al-Qaida Members - 2002-11-04

Six suspected members of the al-Qaida terrorist network have reportedly been killed in Yemen when the vehicle they were in exploded.

The vehicle, which Yemeni authorities said they had been monitoring, exploded in northwest Yemen about 170 kilometers east of the capital, Sanaa. Authorities said the blast occurred in an area where the al-Qaida terror network is believed to be active.

It is unclear what caused the explosion. Some officials in Yemen said the vehicle may have been transporting explosives. A Yemeni Islamist newspaper said the car was hit by a guided missile. An investigation is said to be underway.

Ali Qaed Senyan al-Harthi, suspected of having links to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist organization, is reported to be one of those killed in the blast. He was being sought by Yemeni authorities.

Yemen is the ancestral home of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. His terrorist network was blamed for the October 2000 attack on the U.S.S. Cole in Yemen's port of Aden that killed 17 U.S. sailors. Al-Qaida is also blamed for the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States.