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article imageAl Qaeda to pay blood money to victims of Yemen attack

By Leo Reyes     Dec 24, 2013 in Crime
The head of the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has apologized to the victims of the suicide attack on the hospital inside the Yemeni Ministry of Defense complex in the capital city Sanaa, Yemen.
The violent attack left 52 people dead including doctors, nurses and hospital personnel inside the Defense Ministry compound.
Among the fatalities were at least seven Filipino hospital workers including a doctor who was shot by the rebel attacker inside the operating room of the hospital where he was operating on a patient. Read more.
Contrary to reports that deaths were caused by bomb explosion, Dr. Helen Valenzuela the wife of Filipino doctor Dr. Ruben Valenzuela, told Digital Journal that her husband was shot by an attacker minutes after the explosion.
"The attackers were pursuing helpless hospital workers and patients who were scampering for safety after the explosion and shot them at close range," Dr. Helen said.
Qassim Al-Raimi, head of the militant group in the Arabian Peninsula said the attackers were directed not to attack the hospital but one of them made a mistake and failed to follow the order.
"We confess to this mistake and fault. We offer our apologies and condolences to the families of the victims," Raimi said in the video, which was published by al Qaeda media outlet Al-Malahim. "We did not want your lost ones; we did not target them on purpose. This is not of our religion or our morals."
Authorities in Yemen have captured the attack on surveillance video and played it on a television broadcast.
"We saw what the Yemeni channel broadcast: a gunman entering a hospital . ... We did not order him to do so, and we are not pleased with what he did," Raimi said. "Moreover, it wronged us and pained us, because we do not fight in this manner."
Aside from asking for apology from victims of the violent attack, Raimi said Al Qaeda will pay blood money to the victims' families.
"We offer our apology and condolences to the victims' families. We accept full responsibility for what happened in the hospital and will pay blood money for the victims' families."
During the wake for Dr. Valenzuela, Digital Journal inquired from his wife Dr. Helen if indeed the victims were paid blood money, She said she only got the news Sunday.
"But even if they pay blood money, what good will it bring when I already lost my husband." she said.
Dr. Valenzuela, who received posthumous Award of Medal from the Yemeni government for his exemplary service, and wife Helen, have served as medical doctors in Yemen for the past 30 years.
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