DUBAI (Reuters) – Al Qaeda’s wing in Yemen said it carried out the suicide attack that killed four South Korean tourists this month in retaliation for their country’s ties to the U.S.-led “war on terror,” according to an Internet message.
South Korea, which once had the third-largest contingent of foreign soldiers in Iraq, withdrew all of them in December. On Friday, a Korean newspaper quoted a top government official as saying Seoul had decided to send about 1,000 mainly engineering troops to Afghanistan in response to an unofficial U.S. request.
Yemen has blamed al Qaeda for the March 15 bombing that killed the four tourists and for a failed suicide attack days later against South Korean agents investigating the blast.[…]
“Our heroic brother … Abu Obeida al-Jarrah, carried out a martyrdom-seeking operation … in response to South Korea’s role in the war on Islam in alliance with crusader forces under the guise of a war on terror in Afghanistan and Iraq,” Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula said in a statement on Islamist sites…